The Incredible Here and Now

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Riverside | National Theatre of Parramatta presents

The Incredible Here and Now

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 13 July - 22 July 2017
Category Live Event

The Incredible Here and Now is a play about cars and boys and having to grow up too soon.

“That’s what West is: shiny cars and loud things, people coming, people going-movement. Those who don’t know any better, they come in to the neighbourhood and lock their windows and drive on through, never stopping before they get somewhere else.”

Charcoal chicken, a white Pontiac Trans Am, the Council pool. Michael is living in the shadow of his older brother Dom. The biggest guy in the school. Best car in the West.

The guy who just can’t help but grab everyone’s attention. The guy with the girlfriend with the huge-arse hair. When he is gone Michael roams the streets, navigating life, friendship, love and family.

Commissioned from local Parramatta author Felicity Castagna based on her multi award winning novel and performed by Australia’s newest theatre company, The Incredible Here and Now takes the emptiness and fills it with growth.

To celebrate the production The Incredible Here and Now, National Theatre of Parramatta are offering a limited number of tailored in school workshops with award winning author Felicity Castagna. Expressions of Interest should be sent to:

Thursday 13 July at 7.30pm (Preview) – Unavailable
Friday 14 July at 7.30pm – Unavailable
Saturday 15 July at 2pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 20 July at 10.30am (post-show Q&A) and 7.30pm
Friday 21 July at 7.30pm
Saturday 22 July at 2.15pm and 7.30pm

Suitable for Years 9 – 12

SCHOOL TICKETS $22 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)


Felicity Castagna is one of Western Sydney’s most inspiring writers, so if you haven’t picked up The Incredible Here and Now do so straight away. This is a story about being young, making mistakes and acquiring the sense to accept the realities of life. The incredibly truthful voice of the protagonist will resonate with students across the board giving young people the rare opportunity to see their lives reflected on stage. With a sensitively handled portrayal of a very real family, you will leave the theatre with eyes widened and heart opened. Addresses key outcomes in both English and Drama but also important PDHPE learning around managing circumstances, individual and community health.


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  2. SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US Complete online (preferred), fax, email or post your booking form to Riverside Education Fax: 02 9683 3267 Scan and email: Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then issue a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form as this is our main method of communication.

  1. RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable 25% deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise stipulated). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure and Riverside will issue an invoice for full payment.
  2. FINAL PAYMENT Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the performance date. If we do not receive payment OR proof of your DoE purchase order, we have the right to cancel your booking and you will forfeit your deposit.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DoE) PAYMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS The DoE takes 30 days from an invoice being submitted to payment being received by Riverside, therefore we MUST have full payment OR proof that the purchase order has been submitted to the DoE no later than four weeks prior to the performance date. This is a new system for many public schools so we strongly recommend receiving monies and permission slips at least 7 weeks before the payment is due. This will allow any final changes in numbers (subject to availability). We cannot reduce numbers after payment has been received. ALL OTHER SCHOOLS (INCLUDING INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC) Confirmation of final numbers and final balance is required four weeks prior to the performance date. A reduction of numbers is not permitted after this date. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day but is subject to availability. Please note, all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.

  1. FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process.
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Written and Adapted By
Felicity Castagna

Directed By
Jeneffa Soldatic and Wayne Harrison
Set and Costume Design
Isabel Hudson
Composer and Sound Design 
Sean Van Doornum
Lighting Design 
Martin Kinnane
Movement Director
Sara Black
Production Manager
Damion Holling
Stage Manager
Kirsty Walker
Creative Futures
Concey Bosco


Bardiya McKinnon
Alex Cubis
Caroline Brazier
Ryan Peters
Aunt Leena/ Esther/ Sal
Olivia Simone
Libby Asciak
Sal Sharah

Artwork Design by Tristan Ceddia
Additional Photography by Joanne Kee

The Incredible Here and Now is a play about cars and boys and having to grow up too soon. The main character Michael knows everything about the community he lives in and through his stories, he lets the reader in; to the unsettled lives of his family members, the friends he meets in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the swimming pool where he meets the one girl who will acknowledge he’s alive and the classmates who spend their mornings drooling at the Coke Factory on their walk to school. Parramatta is one of the play’s main characters and through a close look at the small and intimate places it is made up of the text explores the ways in which the places where we are shape who we are right now and what we might become.

Fundamentally it is also a play about language and silence. Our personal grief is such a fundamentally hard thing to articulate whether you’re a teenage boy or a mother. That grief therefore, needed to be expressed in the visual language of the play; a box, a stack of pancakes, an older brother who is not there anymore but continually returns to stage like a memory that is always in the back of one’s mind.

The original book the play is based on was written in vignettes, a kind of short short story with heightened poetic imagery. It is meant to be like taking a picture of a moment in time and committing it to words. I have tried to capture this in the writing of the play. The sense that life is made up of these small moments of time that we think of as ordinary but are really quite extraordinary if we examine them a little closer and that is what Michael does, after all, he is a writer.

Felicity Castagna

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