ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

ONE GOOD BEATING, National Institute of Dramatic Art, ©Tahnee McGuire NIDA

One Good Beating

by Linda McLean

“Fine new writing ****” Sunday Times

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), The Parade Space
Australian Premiere, 29 November – 2 December 2006

DIRECTOR: SALLY BLACKWOOD
Production Designer: ALICE LINDSTROM
Lighting Designer: MATT SCHUBACH
Sound Designer: MEL DYER

ONE GOOD BEATING is dark contemporary Scottish drama by celebrated playwright Linda McLean. First performed at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1999. Winner of the Fringe First & Herald Angel Award, Edinburgh Festival.

ONE GOOD BEATING explores the dysfunctional family and the nature of love and manipulation. Two grown up children confront their father on the eve of their mother’s death…part black comedy, this is the story about how we as adults trapped by our learned childhood behaviour can’t escape… even when we are offered a way out. Sometimes the ‘known’ is easier than the unknown and the protective walls we build around ourselves are so tough we can’t see out. This dark little piece is a high-tension family drama that leaves the audience unsettled and questioning what it is that makes a victim perpetuate violence, and when is it that we have a choice to stop or get out.

CAST: BEN ADAM; EMMA PALMER; ANDREW MCDONELL