The birth of Uprising

28 October 2016

Uprising

This October, Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and Centre for Theatre and Performance in association with Malthouse Theatre presents Uprising, a new Australian play. 

Commissioned by Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and Centre for Theatre, this original new work is the story of protest in contemporary Australia. Sometimes misguided, sometimes mistaken, sometimes misunderstood and sometimes with epic ramifications. Do we still care about the world around us? What would we do to change it?

Uprising brings together a team of some of Australia’s most unique and established theatrical voices: director Susie Dee (winner of the Green Room award for Best Director) and playwrights Patricia Cornelius (winner of the Patrick White award and the NSW Premier’s Literary award) and Melissa Reeves (winner of the Jill Blewett award). These are two of Australia’s most prolific playwrights collaborating to create a work that is bold, raw, fragile and reflective of the world around us. Uprising teams these outstanding, established artists with the vibrant new voices of Monash’s graduating performing arts students for a night of brilliant new writing. Playwrights Patricia Cornelius and Melissa Reeves, speak to this bold new work.

'Uprising is a word rarely used in a contemporary Australian context. And yet there’s much to rise up against,' they state.

'Uprising is two complementary works which examine the personal and collective decision to rise up and do something about injustice; to take a stand. The first play is a series of these actions, some inspired, some misled. The second play explores the will required to change things, as a group of students take radical action.'

'The works came from a desire to explore the place of protest in Australia today. Has speaking out about the things that we would wish to change lessened? Has the nature of protest changed? Do we care less about the world? We had a terrific time exploring these questions with the students as we developed the plays.'

This production will be presented at The Coopers Malthouse as part of the dynamic partnership between Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and Centre for Theatre and Malthouse Theatre, now in its second successful year. Dr Jane Montgomery Griffith, Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance, speaks to the exciting connection between professional practice and student learning that this partnership continues to present.

'Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance is committed to contributing to a thriving cultural community in which our students can experience some of the best examples of professional practice, combined with academic study. We want to nurture the next generation of theatre makers and as such, it's vital that we support the current generation. The Monash/Malthouse partnership makes this possible by enabling The Centre to commission some of the best playwrights in the business to work with our students to create a uniquely collaborative event,' Dr Montgomery Griffith said.

'Each year Monash will commission a new text-based play—either from an individual playwright or a collection of writers as the basis of a collaborative event – to be performed by our third-year students at The Coopers Malthouse. We launch into the second year of this initiative with two award-winning playwrights who have created a new vibrant and visceral text especially written for our students.'

 

Uprising is presented by Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and Centre for Theatre and Performance in association with Malthouse Theatre

 Playing 27 October – 5 November