Photo: Matt Scott
Archipelago Productions is a new Australian screen and stage company, taking as its inspiration the beguiling and beautiful spread of islands that is lutruwita/Tasmania.
Diverse in history, accessibility, scale and geography, this unique island cluster inspires projects that speak to a wide range of audiences through a variety of media.
Projects Currently Booking
Masque of the Red Death
By Edgar Allen Poe
Part gothic fable, part rave at the end of the world...
Partners: MONA FOMA, Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Set in an opulent abbey during a rampant blood plague, Prince Prospero seals himself inside with a thousand friends to party until death burns itself out, and it becomes safe to return to the habitable world. But their plans disintegrate when a mysterious visitor crashes the party, and their haven becomes a tomb. Poe's influential and timely short story is a sumptuous warning for our era.
Building on the recent success of the 2020 The Bleeding Tree and Venus and Adonis season, which played to capacity houses, the creative team would reassemble for a follow up production.The Masque of the Red Death will be a bespoke music-theatre event.
Projects in Post-Production
Past the Shallows
Stage and Film
Development Partner: Arts Tasmania Ten Days on the Island
Past the Shallows shows us the other Tasmania, the cold and harsh Tasmania of late last century, isolated, and extraordinary, where beauty and hardship reign, where an apple from an outcast can be the kindness that saves a child. For a day.
Favel’s writing is regularly compared to Cormac McCarthy, and Past the Shallows has found a perennial place on Australia’s HSC syllabus.
An instant Australian classic, selling 50,000 copies last year alone. Her work is spare, precise, unflinching. Archipelago has developed a stage adaptation by Julian Larnach with Ben Winspear, and the support of Arts Tasmania.
Projects under development
Co-producer: Polaris Pictures
Supporters: Hobart City Council & RANT
Photo: Sophia Bender
Women of Troy
Partners: TMAG, TSO, Katie Noonan
Writer: Willoh S Weiland
Your generosity, no matter what amount, will help ensure we can continue to build works, develop ideas, pay our artists and ensure Archipelago's future. Your contribution is not tax deductible but it will be acknowledged on our website and printed performance programs. Islet (<$250), Haven ($250+), Shelter ($500+) and Sanctuary ($1,000+)
We sincerely thank you for your gift and for making a difference!