Aspen Island Theatre Company 2014
Julian Hobba's adaptation of Melville's novella places humanity, productivity and technology at the centre of a contemporary Australian office. The play moves through the monotonous grind of workdays and nights, briefly diving into the boiling seas of Moby Dick and ending behind the glass of a hospital room.
The lighting colour palette was taken from a painting of the ocean, ranging from deep blue to mid amber and incorporating much of the daylight to incandescent spectrum in between. Although set in an office, effort was made not to sink too far into oppressive 'office lighting' but to build a design that stretched and travelled as far a possible within a naturalistic setting.
Max Cullen, Ben Crowley, and Dene Kermond in Bartleby by Julian Hobba after Herman Melville
Directed by Julian Hobba, Lighting Design by Gillian Schwab, Set Design by Christiane Nowak, Photos by Lorna Sim