A new play by Finegan Kruckemeyer


"... robust and delightfully resourceful, inventive and inspiring ... music, song, dance, shadow puppets, dazzling costume aesthetics, juggling props, and an energetic, clever company of five actors release the story of 16 year old, Connor..”


Kevin Jackson Theatre Diary 



The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You

The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You  has been nominated for a 2014 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - Yay!!  Go Team.....

Siren Theatre Co and Griffin Independent present in association with Inplay Arts presents The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You by Finegan Kruckemeyer. 

The playscript is published by Currency Press. 



Preview Performances 7pm
(18, 19 June)

Mon – Sat (excl. Wed) 7pm

Wed 2 and 9 July 2pm

Sat 5 and 12 July 2pm and 7pm

Closes July 12

BOOK NOW: http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-me-to-you/


Get over to the Rehearsal Room Blog - http://www.sirentheatreco.com/rehearsal-room-blog - for some behind-the-scenes shenannigans! 



Reviews are coming in - what the critics are saying...

1. Glenn Saunders THE SPELL OF WAKING HOURS: http://thespellofwakinghours.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/violent-outburst.html

"Kruckemeyer and Gaul’s Violent Outburst is a well-paced seventy minutes of exuberant, energetic and physical theatre. While it is funny it is never gratuitous or at another’s expense, just as it is serious without descending into sentimentality, and its warm and generous heart is something to take notice of, embrace, and savour."


2. Mathew D'Silva SAME SAME: http://www.samesame.com.au/reviews/11084/The-Violent-Outburst-That-Drew-Me-To-You-Griffin-Theatre


"Kate Gaul is a great director and this is a production that showcases her ability to look at something ordinary and transform it into something totally outside the box. It is worth the trip to the Griffin Theatre just to enjoy the experience of seeing something that isn’t your normal piece of theatre with interpretative dance." 


3. Whitney Fitzsimmons: STAGE NOISE: http://www.stagenoise.com/review/2013


"There is something so whimsical and fun about The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You that at times you don't want it to end. It's a good thing too because the subject matter is serious - the serious matter of growing up, being a teenager and figuring out who you are - while at the same time thinking everyone else is a dickhead."


4. Jason Blake SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/stage/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-me-to-you-review-a-smack-upside-your-heart-20140623-zshz9.html


"Directed by Kate Gaul, Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play had a season at Parramatta Riverside late last year. If you missed it there, it’s worth catching here in town. If you have adolescent children, you might want to bring them along."


5. Kevin Jackson : Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary: http://www.kjtheatrediary.com


Made for young adults this is a good place to be with your offsprings, it is an entertainment that can, should, provoke fruitful conversation between the generations…. directed … in a robust and delightfully resourceful, inventive and inspiring manner. Music, song, dance, shadow puppets, dazzling costume aesthetics, juggling props, and an energetic, clever company of five actors release the story of 16 year old, Connor..”


6. Suzy Wrong: http://suzygoessee.com/2014/06/20/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-me-to-you-siren-theatre-co-griffin-theatre-company/

"Kate Gaul’s direction is a celebration of youth. Her creation is energetic, mischievous and very vibrant. The show arrests our senses, providing an immersive experience that makes adventurous use of the theatrical form. We have lots to see and hear beyond the writer’s words. The spirit of collaboration is alive under Gaul’s stewardship. "


7. Suzanne Rath ARTS HUB: http://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-you-to-me-244372


"Kate Gaul directs a stylish play which makes maximum use of the Griffin theatre space, using puppets, silhouettes behind curtains and an excellent soundscape to bring Connor's issues to life." 


8. LISA THATCHER (blogger): http://lisathatcher.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-me-to-you-kate-gaul-and-the-smell-of-teen-spirit-theatre-review/


"It is the energy of teen spirit pouring through everything that brings us closest to the heart of Connor and at the same time contributes to the invisible walls he insists on placing between himself and the world.The Violent Outburst that Drew me To You makes itself as available to teens as it does adults, navigating an impossible terrain skillfully."


9. David Kary Sydney Arts Guide: http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/violent-outburst-drew/

"This little zinger of a play is well served by Kate Gaul’s very theatrical style of production. There’s a very physical style of performing, a good use of puppetry, lighting and shadow effects, the soundscape works well. The play captures beautifully the freewheeling, zany, adventurous, exuberant and flighty nature of this period of life. "


10.  Veronica Kaye THEATRERED: http://theatrered.wordpress.com


"Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play is an intriguing exploration of teenage anger, positing both causes and solutions. And Kate Gaul’s production of The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You is extremely engaging theatre. It’s visually exciting, with snappy dialogue and high energy performances (yes, I’m obviously holding down the cliché key on my keyboard)."


11. Lloyd Bradford Skye CRIKEY: http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/the-violent-outburst-that-drew-me-to-you-griffin-theatre-sydney/


".. Violent Outburst stands as an oblique (dare I say, impressionistic?) meditation on what it is to endure pre-adult angst; it becomes acute when observing and documenting the pain involved in emergence from childhood." 


12. Prudence Clark THE BRAG: http://thebrag.com/arts/violent-outburst-drew-me-you 



13. Frank Hatherley Stage Whispers: http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/violent-outburst-drew-me-you-0

"... theatrical pace and panache...." 



Ideal for ages 12 +

Directed by                 Kate Gaul

Performed by              Emily Ayoub, Michael Cutrupi, Renee Heys,  Natalia Ladyko,  Anthony Weir

Original music by        Daryl Wallis

Choreography               Ash Bee 

Production Design      Jasmine Christie

Lighting Design          Hartley T A Kemp 

June 18 - July 12. 2014


Preview Performances 7pm
(18, 19 June)

Mon – Sat (excl. Wed) 7pm

Wed 2 and 9 July 2pm

Sat 5 and 12 July 2pm and 7pm

Closes July 12


Some other press stuff:







The Paramatta Riverside TRUE WEST season, 2013.... 



Paramatta Riverside (TRUE WEST, 2013) Reviews:

1. Jason Blake, SMH  "With its agile character swapping and role sharing, The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You develops a hallucinatory quality which, given Connor’s swirling brain chemistry, feels just right."




2. Carol :, STAGE WHISPERS "... the play and this production will have a real appeal to teenage audiences, and some strong messages for them – and their parents!"



3.  Teik Kim Pok, REELTIME.....





Sixteen year old Connor is angry.  He doesn’t know why, and he doesn’t know where to direct it. People and things he once liked annoy him. They itch, like sores. Anger doesn’t like other people.



So Connor isolates himself  in the middle of the country.   Soon he discovers that anger is hiding away with him.  Connor knows he will be angry forever.   Then a girl walks into the woods.  And it turns out she is angry too…



Inaugural recipient of a Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship Finegan Kruckemeyer is one of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights. The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You is a twisted, foot-stamping, magical and musical tale full of illusion and surprise for angry young people … and door-slammers past and present.







The Violent Outburst that Drew You to Me was originally co-commissioned and developed by Siren Theatre C0 and Mudlark with the assistance of Arts Tasmania and given an inaugraul production as part of Riverside Theatre's TRUE WEST season in 2013.

Finegan Kruckemeyer

Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 52 commissioned plays performed on five continents, and was an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

Finegan and his work have received the 2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, 2010 Best New Work Ruby Award, 2009 Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Children’s Play in Australia, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2009 Ruby Award For Innovation, 2008 Best Children’s Theatre Playwright Oscart, 2007 Best Playwright Oscart, 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship.

 Finegan has spoken at conferences and festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, the UK and the US, with his paper 'The Taboo of Sadness' published. He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (international group of young leaders in children’s theatre), and sits on Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals Panel, and Write Local, Play Global’s (an international TYA network) Playwrights Advisory Committee.

 Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide at eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.


Fin's website: http://finegansworks.com.au 


Interveiw with Fin (Life Matters) specifically about The Violent Outburst.... :http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/the-violent-outburst/5102136


Want to know more about Finegan’s process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oLiRF-i1KI