Image by Tony Reck
Revelations which will strike to the heart of corruption

Tony Reck lives within proximity of one of the main sources of Melbourne's drug trade. He knows the territory.

In Reck's new drama, Broken River, a battle wages between 2 corrupt detectives in the Victorian police force and a criminal family run by a ruthless matriarch out to protect her share in the drug trade. At stake are revelations which will strike to the heart of corruption lying beneath the surface of the legal and corporate worlds.

The power of Broken River lies not only in the tension and suspense of its plot, but in Reck's ability to search for the inner drivers within both the police, the law and those deemed the criminals. The characters are given dimensions and qualities that question the stereotypes presented by daily news coverage. 

This is  theatre at its best - turning a searchlight onto areas of critical social disease whilst refusing to be satisfied with an easy resolution. Broken River is an exciting fiction.

It is a terrifying expose of a dark heat of evil. Despite the gritty realism of its style it is not a documentary but the events it dramatises are drawn from true facts, actual people, and real cases in the recent history of Victorian crime.

The time is now. The setting is Melbourne and country Victoria. 

A dismembered female body is discovered on a remote road. Detective Sergeant Peter Rowstone of Victorian Major Crime pins criminal Marlene Corchoran as the prime suspect, but Rowstone himself has a few questions to answer.

Above all, who or what is 'The Brotherhood' - a secret organisation of powerful men who engage in unusual rituals at an isolated country lodge? Caught up in the flow of events are two vulnerable young adults, out of their depth and likely to be sacrificed in the deadly cross-fire between the major players.

In the end we are left with questions. Who did kill Junie Patel? What are the consequences for the parlous state of democracy in Victoria and its fragile Rule of Law?

Reck has worked in the vocations of literature and the performing arts since 1993. He has published fiction and non-fiction and has worked as an actor, a playwright, a writer, a director, a producer and a theatre critic. Currently Reck is writing preliminary scenes for a trans-media performance titled Blue Carla's Wester Bonaventure and completing his novel True Crime.

Richard Murphet has been engaged in writing, directing and creating contemporary forms of theatre for the past 4 decades. His playes have received productions throughout Australia and internationally. He has worked as a director in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide,Toronto, New York, Amsterdam, Ultrecht, and Ghent. 

At La Mama he directed a double bill of two Belgian plays by Elvis Peeters - Four Men and Dog Play - in 2017, and a French play, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields by Bernard-Marie Koltes in early 2019. He recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greenroom Awards (2017). His book on Late-Modernist Theatre Practice will be published through Brill in 2020.

DATE: 12 - 22 September 2019
TIME: Wed 6:30pm, Thu - Sat 7:30pm and Sun 4:30pm
DURATION: Approximately 140 minutes
VENUE: La Mama Courthouse
TICKETS: $30 Adult $20 Concession
BOOKINGS: (03) 9347 6948 or

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