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Lily Hayman

MERRIGONGX Artist Profile


Lily Hayman is a theatre maker and performer from Sydney, she grew up on Dharawal land which was never ceded. Her work focuses on challenging notions of passive spectatorship, while staging the extraordinary magic of Australian stories.

Artist Statement

The process of creating Fledgling, an adaptation of local novelist Joshua Lobb’s The Flight of Birds, has been exceptionally collaborative. From the first readings of the original novel, the cast has had a fundamental role in shaping the direction of the text. We began by reading aloud from Josh’s book, finding character voices within the narratorial style of the novel and highlighting passages we could bring to life on stage. From there the process became about digging beneath the text and finding ways to bring the incredibly detailed text to life without words, finding a balancing point between the literary and the theatrical upon which Fledgling constantly teeters.

This show grew from a fascination with the ways that we as human beings can drastically influence one another. In the early stages of this project we grappled with questions of politics and collective thought, before slowly honing these interests down into a pointed investigation of the impact of familial values upon the future of this planet, both ecologically and socially. We wanted to create a work that explored the full consequences of our actions upon the world we live in. After the year that has been, returning now to Fledgling feels like coming home. The show at its core is the story of a man who cannot understand his daughter and cannot stop his world from crumbling around him. It is a story of grief and climate change, but also a story of hope and connection. I am excited to bring this show to the MERRIGONGX stage now, and I am excited for you to see it!

Lily Hayman


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