Dreamer is NORPA’s powerful new play-in-the-making about living your dreams, family and our connections to home. Dreamer takes the themes of Dostoevsky’s classic novel ‘The Idiot’ and places it in the Northern Rivers.

Set in a regional Australian town, Leon is a ‘free’ man, not bound by pressures of success, family obligation or material possessions. Returning home after a ten-year absence Leon finds his brother Edward in a new marriage with Gold Coast beauty Esther who he met through his own version of Farmer Wants a Wife. The family property is now occupied by a coal seam gas company, and Katia, a self-proclaimed sound healer is living her dream in the studio out the back.

Leon is caught up in Edward’s plans for the farm, Esther’s desire for acceptance and happiness, and the local community’s blockade against drilling for gas. They are all suspicious of Leon and in trying to meet or subvert his unstated demands they expose their own souls.

Dreamer takes the audience into a dreamlike world where dramatic tensions are played out through dynamic physical theatre. Using movement, mime and dance, Leon personifies freedom, he’s not bound by societal norms, and his ‘breaking out’ becomes infectious.

Abstract, surprising and playful, Dreamer is charged physical theatre, responding to the here and now in regional Australia.

Dreamer, set to premiere in 2016, is being developed through a dynamic and playful devised process, led by a highly experienced creative team.

Director Julian Louis (Artistic Director NORPA)
Movement Director Danielle Micich (Artistic Director Force Majeure)
Associate Director & Script Development Hattie Dalton
Dramaturg Janis Balodis
Sound Composition & Design Jamie Birrell
Devisors/performers Natasha Beaumont, Phil Blackman, Matt Lilley, Melia Naughton


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Research and development

An Afternoon of Artful Actions

Aboriginal Peoples and those connected to the Bundjalung nation are advised that the following video contains images, material and voices of people deceased.


Dreamer is thrilled to be creatively partnering with Force Majeure and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, and to be supported by Linnaeus, State of Play and Arts NSW.

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Photos: Kate Holmes
Video and editing: Sharon Shostak