A Social Service

// we’d be better off without.

  • Chapter Three / Ritual // Extinction
  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 11 - 29 Aug
  • Where / Beckett Theatre
  • Duration / 70 mins
  • Warning / Some coarse language. Please note latecomers may not be admitted
  • Tickets / $35 — $65

A Social Service / should help people, shouldn’t it? 

Featuring Nicola Gunn and David Woods, this smart performance sticks its nose into the gap between rich and poor, and smells something funny. Prepare yourself for an in-your-face look at systems that claim to help the needy, but only help themselves.

In a send-up of greed, status and the machinations of power, Gunn and Woods take a satirical look at the state of the public housing system, and the developers and bureaucrats who control its future. Featuring guest performances by residents of Melbourne's public housing estates, A Social Service questions who these safety nets are really there to benefit by digging at a reality more concerned with replicating itself than improving the situation. When the people at the top have no understanding of ordinary worries, needs or wants, maybe their help is the kind / we’d be better off without.

★★★★½ extremely funny... one show every artist should see.

– The Age
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★★★★ funny, moving, thought provoking

– Herald Sun
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Original Concept by / Nicola Gunn
Created & Performed by / Nicola Gunn & David Woods
Sound Design / Nick Roux
Lighting Design / Gwen Holmberg-Gilchrist

Production Design / SANS HOTEL (Nicola Gunn and Gwen Holmberg-Gilchrist) and Eugyeene Teh
Bust Construction /
Katrina Gaskell
Guest Performances / Abira De Oliveria, Angelo Duot, Shaan Juma, Isabel Mure, Tayla Nichols and Elisabeth Wot

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview
Tuesday 11 August, 7pm
Wednesday 12 August, 8pm

Opening night
Thusday 13 August, 8pm 

Time to Talk
Tuesday 18 August, 7.00pm

PROGRAM

Read the A Social Service program

SINGLE TICKET PRICES

In Season
Standard / $65
Concession & Senior / $55
Under 30s & Student / $35

Preview
Standard / $55
Concession & Senior / $40
Under 30s & Student / $35

Single ticket prices are subject to change – book early for the best rate.

On the blog

Nicola Gunn on A Social Service

Nicola Gunn, co-creator and performer in A Social Service, discusses how the was conceived.

Proudly supported by

This project is supported by the City of Yarra and Uprising Theatre, a youth theatre collective based and funded in the City of Yarra.

Nicola Gunn is a 2015 Independent Artist in Residence.


Key Image Photography / Andrew Gough
Image Treatment / The Sisters Hayes

  • Chapter Three / Ritual // Extinction
  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 11 - 29 Aug
  • Where / Beckett Theatre
  • Duration / 70 mins
  • Warning / Some coarse language. Please note latecomers may not be admitted
  • Tickets / $35 — $65

Make A Social Service a feature of your tailored subscription. 

Book a package