From the award-winning team behind ANGRY SEXX, GROUND CONTROL and MORAL PANIC, HYDRA by Double Water Sign is a searing new work of dystopian science-fiction, the story of an angry young man and the woman whose job it is to kill him, on at Northcote Town Hall from July 30 – August 3.
The world has changed. There’s no fresh water and machines have taken all the jobs, with the exception of care work, where women are predominantly employed. Attempting to give his life meaning, Bowen (Casey Filips) signs up for an experimental medical procedure where ‘Heroes’ can be euthanised, donating their bodies’ water back to the community. Anita (Sapidah Kian), his ‘Giving Consultant’, claims to be there just to ease his passage, but as they spar we learn that Anita is doing more than just her job.
The play is set in a dirty, grungy sci-fi world. It’s a character-driven psychological thriller filled with taut dialogue and shifting, unpredictable tensions. “Anita dreams of a future where we burn it all down and start again” says director Balodis.
“These characters are from a future that I hope we never get to, but we really want audiences to consider the impact that climate change and water scarcity will have on our humanity and on the way that we see the world and each other,” she added.
From multi-award-winning duo Double Water Sign; HYDRA was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and was also part of the MTC’s Cybec Electric play readings in 2019.
July 30 – August 3
Image: Pia Johnson