Australian Play FLOOD to Receive NY Premiere Reading

Australian Play FLOOD to Receive NY Premiere Reading

SHEA DELVES PRODUCTIONS, the team behind the NY Premiere of Ella Hickson's Precious Little Talent, will present a staged reading of the powerful Australian play, Flood by Chris Isaacs.

After critically acclaimed productions in Perth & Sydney, Australia, the topical play that centres on race relations and cultural understandings, will be presented in a staged reading this February, with an All-Australian cast.

"It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Six close companions set off on a camping adventure across remote Australia, when an unexpected turn of events results in terrible, life changing consequences. They thought their dark secret was safe, but a flood unearthed the truth, and the cracks in their friendship begin to appear.

What do they do? Who can they tell? And how can they live with themselves with what has happened?

Flood delves into the reality of what an upbringing that has somewhat ignored the truths of its Indigenous populations can result in, when confronted."

Flood premiered at Perth's BLACK SWAN State Theatre Company in 2014 to critical acclaim, under the direction of Adam Mitchell.

Flood is bold in its unique approach to this undercurrent of Australian racism - 4 STARS - BUZZ FROM SYDNEY

Flood is conscious work of such a kind as should be perpetuated as artists are charged now more than ever to lead the way for inclusivity, empathy and progress. - BWW Australia


Shea Delves Productions - Eliza Shea and Connor Delves, hailing from London, UK and Perth, Australia, respectively, made their producing debut with the NY premiere of Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson. They met whilst training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, and have since collaborated with Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Most recently, they produced Building Pain, in association with Origin Theatre Company, for the 1st Irish Theatre Festival.

Eliza Shea - Originally from London, Eliza is an actor and producer now based in New York City. Recent NY credits include Margie (opposite Alan Cumming) in Me and the Girls: A Noël Coward Musical, written and directed by Douglas Carter Beane; Elvira, Blithe Spirit (Chenango River Theatre); Alice, Your Alice (Ophelia Theatre); Cinderella/Aurora, Fairycakes (MTC Reading), opposite Matthew Broderick and Jessica Hecht; Joey, Precious Little Talent (NY Premiere), directed by George C. Heslin; Fluorine, The House on Poe Street (Yonder Window Theatre Company); Storyteller, Le Nid (Broadway Cares); Mark Antony, Julius Caesar.

UK credits include, Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion; Dorine, Tartuffe; Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors; Marianne, Constellations; Regina, Ghosts; Lady Brute, The Provoked Wife; Crispinella, The Dutch Courtesan. She also appeared in The Secrets of Quantum Physics (BBC Television), with the original song, 'Tangled Up With You'. In May 2018, Eliza will be appearing Off-Broadway at BAM as the title role in Your Alice. She is represented by Synergy Talent (Theatrical) and Buchwald (Commercial).

Connor Delves - Born and raised in Perth, Australia, Connor is an actor, director and producer that has worked in Australia, the UK and the US. Connor recently completed a 6-month run at The Davenport Theatre, in the Off-Broadway musical, Endangered!, playing Crankee The Crocodile. Some recent credits include: George, Me and the Girls: A Noel Coward Musical (Understudy to Alan Cumming) written and directed by Douglas Carter Beane; Sam, Precious Little Talent (NY Premiere) directed by George C. Heslin; Pinocchio (Opposite Matthew Broderick) Fairycakes (MTC Reading); Fleance, Macbeth directed by Rory McGregor (Columbia Stages); Brady, Partners directed by Ethan Heard. Connor is also currently starring in the series, Femme. He is a graduate of The NY Academy Company (Three-year conservatory program) at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition to this, he has written, directed and produced two plays of his own in Australia, Flight and the stage adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Connor is represented by I.T.S Models and Talent Management.

CHRIS ISAACS is a writer, devisor, performer and a founding artist of The Last Great Hunt. He has had works performed nationally and internationally. His play 'The Great Ridoplhi' was a hit of Perth FringeWorld 2016, winning three awards, including Best New WA Script and The Martin Simms Award. Other writing credits include the multiple award winning 'FAG/STAG' (co-written with Jeffrey Jay Fowler), award winning 'Old Love' (Audience Development Award - Blue Room) and award winning 'Flood' (PAWA best new play). As a co-devisor/performer Chris' work includes 'All That Glitters' (The Last Great Hunt), 'Falling Through Clouds' (The Last Great Hunt) and the award winning 'It's Dark Outside' (ArtsHub Innovation Award - 2013 and Helpmann nominated) for The Last Great Hunt. In 2012, he was a member of Griffin Theatre Company's inaugural StoryLab group and is a graduate of The BLACK SWAN Emerging Writer's Program.

The cast includes; Connor Delves (Endangered! The Musical - Off-Broadway, Precious Little Talent), Maddison Ridley (People, Places & Things - Off-Broadway) Nick Newling (Me and the Girls), Kane Parker (In a Bony Embrace), Hannah Bailey (Romeo & Juliet) & Brooke Henzell (The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls).

The creative team includes; Eliza Shea (Producer), Connor Delves (Director) & Ruby Vadiveloo (Dramaturg & Assistant Director)

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