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Chutney by Steven Gration


THEMES: Cultures, Family, Responsibilities, Stereotypes, Relationships
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

Chutney is sweet, bitter, spicy, and special. A relationship of flavours, not unlike the unions humankind share


Chutney is sweet, bitter, spicy, and special. A relationship of flavours, not unlike the unions humankind share.

Journey to the mythical South-Eastern land of Loomagado, where the relationship between a father and daughter is complex and strained. Living in a foreign place with an unknown culture has begun to take its toll, and parent-sibling rivalry is at its peak.

Using puppetry, music, dance, and drama, Chutney takes us on an allegorical exploration of relationship – between father and daughter, and between Australia and our near-Northern neighbours.

Chutney is influenced by Kabuki, Balinese dance, mime, and other Eastern music and movement techniques.

Production History

First produced by Magpie Theatre, Adelaide in 1992, Chutney has also been performed outdoors in Central Australia and Aboriginal communities, as well as major theatre venues in Japan, Singapore, Queensland, and South Australia.

Published alongside Toxic by Maryanne Lynch

ISBN: 0908156642

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"... Charming and memorable."

The Adelaide Advertiser

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