Nathan Harrison, Emma McManus, Solomon Thomas, Tom Hogan and Tessa Leong

Hypnotic and playfully disorienting, this exploration of the cultural memory of birds looks at the human and avian experiences of time, change and adaptation. A nature documentary for the end of the world, Birdsong of Tomorrow is a meet-cute between the slow churning of evolution and immediate crisis.


Writer/Performer: Nathan Harrison
Director: Emma McManus
Video design: Solomon Thomas
Composer: Tom Hogan
Dramaturg: Tessa Leong


NATHAN HARRISON is a performer, writer and game-maker. He works as a solo artist and as part of collectives Applespiel and Boho Interactive, creating theatre and games about ecology, complex systems science. Working with scientists he has created live games for the London Science Museum, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Earth Observatory Singapore. A founding member of Sydney-based performance collective Applespiel, Nathan has developed and presented work around Australia and internationally. With Boho Interactive he has developed interactive science theatre in the UK, Sweden and Singapore, and been featured in New Scientist. In 2021 Nathan worked with the Lowitja Institute and JCU’s Indigenous Research & Education Centre to develop several games to help Indigenous communities protect themselves and benefit more while working with researchers. As a science-theatre practitioner Nathan has developed works about water security, long-term thinking, and wildlife conservation. Nathan is a 2021 Griffin Studio Artist, a radio broadcaster and a host of the podcast Hottest 100s and 1000s.

TOM HOGAN is a performer, composer and theatremaker, writing songs and shows obsessed with myth, and authenticity. Known for his charismatic and mercurial live performances, his musical personality is best described as "chaotic neutral". He has composed and designed over 100 productions and installations nationally. Hogan’s previous works include Obscure Music History, performing songs from fictional jazz standards to symphonic metal, acoustic folk to Christmas ballads, and the accompanying podcast was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards. In 2021 he released the EP Or The Whale, exploring Moby Dick. His nationally touring show Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer), created with Bonnie Leigh-Dodds, was nominated for two Green Room Awards. He has collaborated with artists such as Polish Club, Elana Stone, Josh Pyke.

TESSA LEONG is GriffinTheatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director where she has directed the world premieres of Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood and Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders. In her role, Tessa co-runs many artist programs and commissions and has been instrumental in developing Griffin’s Equity Action Plan. She is also a founding member of Adelaide-based theatre company isthisyours? for which she has directed Angelique by Duncan Graham and the company and David Williamson’s The Club (An all-female, 3 actor version); and directed/devised #Youwannatalkaboutit, Best We Forget, and Make Me Honest Make Me Wedding Cake. Tessa made It’s Not a Potluck at Lore Residency in Canada, Swimming Pool in Kandos for Cementa Festival and The Hole at Rising Festival 2022. She has worked with many companies nationally and internationally as director, dramaturg, researcher and assistant director, including Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, Country Arts SA, Drop Bear Theatre, Force Majeure, Ontroerend Goed, PYT Fairfield, Restless Dance, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, and Vitalstatistix. She was the Associate Artist at Belvoir in 2017, a Griffin Studio Artist in 2014, as well as a recipient of the Seminaire en Avignon artist program at the renowned Avignon Festival. Since 2018, she has been on the board of directors at PACT: Centre for Emerging and Experimental Art. Tessa has been selected in Australia and internationally for multiple residency and conference programs and worked in advocacy as the Manager, Artist and Sector Development, at Theatre Network Australia

EMMA MCMANUS is an interdisciplinary artist and producer living on Wurundjeri land. A founding member of performance collective Applespiel and Too Rude (with Maria White), she has made work for Next Wave, Sydney Festival, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, PACT, Malthouse Theatre, Arts House, You Are Here, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and Performance Studies International (Calgary, Canada). She has interned with The Rabble, Sisters Grimm, Playwriting Australia, Sipat Lawin Ensemble (Karnabal - Manila, The Philippines), Besen Family Placement at Malthouse (directing) and is a part of the Australia Council and PICA Interdisciplinary Lab. Her new work ‘The Waves‘ is a collaboration with her physicist brother David and explores gravitational-wave science, queer theory and the biography of Virginia Woolf. She studied at the University of Wollongong graduating with honours (class 1) and was a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts. She has worked developing and delivering education and public programs for The Museum of Australian Democracy, The National Portrait Gallery, The State Library of Victoria and ACMI. She has mentored at Girls Rock! Canberra, Girls Rock! Aotearoa, Rainbow Rock Camp and Shopfront Arts Co-Op. She is interested in urban ecology, plays in DIY punk bands, loves to cook a communal meal and is trying to become a better gardener.

SOLOMON THOMAS is a theatre maker and performer currently situated in Sydney. He explores the intersection between the physical and digital in theatre, experimenting with how theatre and film can co-exist in a live context. He works as a performer, puppeteer, theatre maker and video designer and is driven by how these practices meet formally. He graduated with BCA Honours in Performance from the University of Wollongong in 2013 and for the past six years has been actively engaged in creating and performing work for both independent and main stage theatre. He is a core member of re:group performance collective, Monday Night Cards and Woodcourt Art Theatre. With re:group in 2022 Solomon directed and performed Coil at Mona Foma, Next Wave and the Sydney Opera House. Solomon is currently a puppeteer with Erth Visual & Physical Inc and has toured with them throughout the UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

Image: Nathan Harrison. Photography by Katy Green Loughrey.


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