Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    28 Sep – 21 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    90 minutes

  • AGES /

    Strictly for audiences aged 18+.

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, nudity and coarse language.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • SEATING /

    All performances are general admission. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat.

  • Download / Program

Season 2018

Trustees

28 SEP – 21 OCT 2018

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    28 Sep – 21 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    90 minutes

  • AGES /

    Strictly for audiences aged 18+.

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, nudity and coarse language.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • SEATING /

    All performances are general admission. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat.

  • Download / Program

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.

– Theatre People

★★★★ Real ... It’s our story and our beasts, homegrown.

– The Music

demonstrates the critical importance and value of funding brave new works that cross cultural and stylistic borders

– The Australian

mercilessly demolishes Australia’s cultural debate

– The Conversation

[A] relevant piece of theatre Australia desperately needs, with genuine truth at its heart.

– Theatre Press
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WRITTEN BY / Natalia Kaliada & Nicolai Khalezin (Directors of Belarus Free Theatre) with Daniel Schlusser and the cast
DIRECTED BY / Natalia Kaliada & Nicolai Khalezin
CAST / Tammy Anderson, Natasha Herbert, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, Daniel Schlusser

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Romanie Harper
LIGHTING DESIGN / Amelia Lever-Davidson
SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION / Jethro Woodward
TRANSLATION / Daniella Kaliada
CHOREOGRAPHY / Bridget Fiske
STAGE MANAGER / Adam Chesnutt
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Adelaide Harney

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEWS
8pm, Friday 28 September
8pm, Saturday 29 September
7pm, Monday 1 October
7pm, Tuesday 2 October

OPENING NIGHT
8pm, Wednesday 3 October

TIME TO TALK
7pm, Tuesday 9 October

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 image photography by Zan Wimberley.