Naomi Rukavina

Sunday 10 May to Sunday 17 May 2015

Naomi Rukavina is a Melbourne-based actress currently starring in The Faithful Servant, a production held as part of The Street Theatre’s First Seen Program.

She has worked for a number of Victorian-based companies including:  Malthouse Theatre – Normal.Suburban.Planetary.Meltdown, Melbourne Theatre Company – Yellow Moon, The CrucibleElbow Room – As We Mean To Go On, After All This, The Hayloft Project – Arden V Arden, The Seizure and MKA – Shotgun Wedding. Television roles include Wentworth and Offspring.

Written by Tom Davis, The Faithful Servant is an exploration of what drives people to try and be better than they really are:

Frederick is trying to get his daughter, Caroline, to take up the leadership of the medical NGO he founded. Caroline refuses. It is just as important to do good in Australia as among the poor nations of the world, she says, although the real reasons for her refusal seem far more personal. Meanwhile, a Mozambique-based manager, Pereira, is trying to transform the NGO into an evangelical Christian institution. As Frederick slides into sickness and death, he begins to go back and forth in his mind between the past and present, Australia and Mozambique, Caroline and Pereira. He might have failed to be a ‘good’ man, but we gradually see why Frederick kept returning to the struggle, even as it extracted terrible costs. What does it means to be ‘good’?

Director: Adele Chynoweth
Cast: Kabu Okai-Davies, Naomi Rukavina, PJ Williams
Venue: The Street Theatre
Date: Sunday 17th May
Time: 3.00pm

FIRST SEEN is The Street’s season of performance works on the journey from conception to full production. It offers a unique insight into new play scripts from ACT writers as works in progress. First Seen is a vital part of our planning for future years as we seek to bring original and diverse Canberra stories to the stage. 2015 brings three works connected through intercultural content, global themes, and political and social issues of currency.