19 Feb 2015

Bushranger Story gets a new twist on Empire Stage

The story of Australia’s most famous bushranger will take to the Empire Stage on Wednesday, March 18, with a unique quick- fire drama starring some Queensland’s finest actors.

Written by Queensland playwright Matthew Ryan, Kelly had its world premiere season in 2012 as part of Queensland Theatre Company’s mainstage program, and won critical acclaim.

Three of Brisbane’s finest actors will bring the story to life, with Kevin Spink, Anthony Standish together with the Matilda Award-winning Steven Rooke who plays Ned Kelly in a powerhouse performance with humour, heart and depth.

While history states Dan Kelly perished in the Glenrowan Hotel fire, Queensland playwright Matthew Ryan explores a brother’s betrayal, escape and plan for a new life in Queensland in Kelly. It’s a new look at Australia’s greatest bushranger.

According to QTC Artistic Director Wesley Enoch, Kelly takes us on a quest to explore Australian cult hero Ned Kelly in a totally new light. 

 “Kelly gets our national conscience ticking at a different tempo, we begin to weigh up one brother’s self-proclaimed cowardice against the other’s bravery,” said Enoch. 

On the night before his execution, Ned Kelly sits in his grimy cell at Old Melbourne Gaol when his brother Dan, who Ned believes died at Glenrowan, visits disguised as a priest. Dan is seeking Ned’s forgiveness before fleeing to Queensland to forget his past, with a new name and a new life. 

Ned Kelly has been an enduring presence in the Australian psyche for more than 130 years.  He is part of the nation's mythology, repeatedly re-emerging through Australia's art, literature, film and music. Kelly presents a fresh perspective, through a new lens that will totally enthral audiences.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au