2021 - Winner
This is a strikingly original work, and a play of need for the author. On a metaphysical Flinders Island off the coast of Tasmania, three unnamed Aboriginal characters, diverse in gender and age, and spanning two centuries, negotiate the impacts of colonisation, moving through time and space.
The writer has constructed a truly theatrical landscape, displaying an expertise in how to build scenes and momentum, knowing where to restrain and where to push forward. The play’s form is sophisticated and sure, and its content compelling. This is a remarkable achievement from a genuinely exhilarating imagination.
Milk is a strikingly original work occupying dual time zones spanning two centuries, with three unnamed Aboriginal characters negotiating the impacts of colonisation. Van Den Berg’s play is symphonic in construction, with deeply human characters, and one that expertly guides the audience through tragedy and loss to a poignant end. A fresh and genuinely exhilarating theatrical voice.