Banshee premiered in Canberra at the Australian National Gallery Theatre (now the James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia) on 27 May 1989. The work was inspired by the abstract forms and textures of early Celtic art and by the eerie magic of Irish folk tales. It was presented by the Meryl Tankard Company in conjunction with the National Gallery's exhibition Irish Gold and Silver.Banshee was conceived of and directed by Meryl Tankard and was performed to music composed by Colin Offord, who performed on stage with the dancers. Visual design was by Regis Lansac and costumes were designed by Dorothy Herel. The original cast was Alison Brazier, Julia Finkenauer, Roz Hervey, Alan Knoepfler and Patrick Maguire. Banshee has never been restaged.
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This collection consists mainly of production files created by the Meryl Tankard Company between 1989 and 1992. It includes media releases, programs, production agreements, budgets and schedules, operational correspondence, cast notes, hand bills, cuttings and other printed material. Works covered include VX18504, Two Feet, Banshee, Echo Point, Nuti, Kikimora, Court of Flora, Circo and Chants de mariage. Other material concerns productions created by Tankard as a freelance artist. Description of the scope of the collection and a detailed contents list is also available at MS 9264 - Records of the Meryl Tankard Company