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Season 2016

War and Peace

// is a feast of contradictions.

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War and Peace / puts you in the hands of one of the world’s most notorious theatre collectives, Berlin’s Gob Squad, as they take on one of literature’s most famously unread novels. But this book club might come with a body count.

These theatre renegades make live video performances that unsettle the lines between the prepared and the improvised, performer and bystander, fiction and life. Here they set their sights on Tolstoy’s gargantuan opus War and Peace, only to discover that neither war nor peace are coming without a fight.

A never-ending parade of characters dance, dine and duel while performers prepare for scenes as if going into battle, all in order to reframe Tolstoy’s central inquiry: can we live a moral life in an imperfect world? Are our peaceful lives themselves a kind of warfare?

 One man’s feast is another man’s famine, and this / is a feast of contradictions.

Gob Squad skip fearlessly along the thin line between fiction and reality, film and live action like reckless tightrope walkers.

– The Guardian
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A live video performance based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
CONCEPT / Gob Squad
PERFORMED & DEVISED BY / Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost & Simon Will
SOUND DESIGN / Jeff McGrory
VIDEO DESIGN / Miles Chalcraft
SET DESIGN / Romy Kießling

COSTUME DESIGN / Ingken Benesch
DRAMATURGY & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT / Christina Runge
TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT / Chris Umney
ARTISTIC ASSISTANT / Mat Hand
GOB SQUAD MANAGEMENT / Eva Hartmann

SUBSCRIPTION TICKET PRICES

Season 2016 Subscriptions are no longer available.

SINGLE TICKET PRICES

ALL PERFORMANCES
Adult / $65
Senior / $60
Concession / $50
Student & Under 30s / $35

Single ticket prices are subject to change. Book early for the best prices.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEW
6.30pm, Tuesday 18 October

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Wednesday 19 October

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 25 October

Production partners and supporters

Presented by Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival.

War and Peace is a production by Gob Squad and Münchner Kammerspiele. In coproduction with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival, Gessnerallee Zürich, Nottingham Playhouse and Teatro Stabile di Torino – National Theatre.