Escape from reality? – the theatre reflects it, it doesn’t imitate it. Nothing more absurd than imitating reality, nothing more superfluous. There’s enough of reality. Imitation-theatre misunderstands the theatre.
Max Frisch, Tagebuch 1966-1971
zee.productions was founded by Dirk Zadra in 2009 as an independent production company to bring Dirk's plays and audiences together.
We work with experienced theatre professionals to create unique theatre experiences. Established in Adelaide, South Australia, zee.productions has an Australian and European focus. The producer in the company is Karen Zadra.
Dirk has been involved in the arts since childhood, primarily as a musician. Born in Germany, he lived and worked in Switzerland and France before moving to Australia. His published works include German and English academic writing as well as fiction, which has been commended through prizes.
His writing has been shaped largely by the weight of his German heritage; a culture soaked in centuries of artistic brilliance and influential intellectuals, but one in which the grandchildren of wartime Germany now carry a deeply scarred national psyche, ever mindful of the threat of misdirected power and absolutism.
Through his writing, Dirk inhabits the space between action and reason in an attempt to understand the human condition. Growing up in the region of the Grimm Brothers perhaps contributes an element of twisted darkness inherent in some of his characters.
In 2008, Dirk directed his first play in Adelaide.
Dirk is a White Ribbon Ambassador.