In a major policy shift, the government has announced a moratorium on funding for performing arts organisations Australia-wide. The Trustees of Melbourne’s fictional Lone Pine Theatre Company gather to assess the damage—but what dark clouds might rise from the ashes?
Amid the chatter and outrage and belligerence of public conversation lies a void: the Great Australian Silence. What are we afraid of hearing? Who are we afraid will say it? Political theatre outlaws Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin of Belarus Free Theatre have conceived an explosive new work with some extraordinary Australian performers: Tammy Anderson, Natasha Herbert, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, and Daniel Schlusser.
Who is meant to have an opinion in modern Australia? Maybe it’s best you don’t answer that.
"IF THERE IS ONLY ONE PIECE OF THEATRE YOU SEE THIS YEAR, MAKE IT TRUSTEES"
"REAL...IT’S OUR STORY AND OUR BEASTS, HOMEGROWN"
"DEMONSTRATES THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE AND VALUE OF FUNDING BRAVE NEW WORKS THAT CROSS-CULTURAL AND STYLISTIC BORDERS"
"MERCILESSLY DEMOLISHES AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL DEBATE"
"[A] RELEVANT PIECE OF THEATRE AUSTRALIA DESPERATELY NEEDS, WITH GENUINE TRUTH AT ITS HEART"
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
A Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival production and co-commission. Proudly supported by Peter and Mary-Ruth McLennan.
Key images: Zan Wimberley
Images: Nicolai Khalezin
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Natalia Kaliada & Nicolai Khalezin (Directors of Belarus Free Theatre) with Daniel Schlusser and the cast
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Natalia Kaliada & Nicolai Khalezin
Tammy Anderson, Natasha Herbert, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, Daniel Schlusser
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Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|PREVIEWS||8pm Fri 28 Sep, 8pm Sat 29 Sep, 7pm Mon 1 Oct, 7pm Tue 2 Oct|
|OPENING NIGHT||8pm, Wed 3 Oct|
|TIME TO TALK||7pm, Tue 9 Oct|
The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006Get directions
TrainAny train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.
TramThe No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.
90 minutes (no interval)
Contains adult themes, nudity and coarse language.