The Sweet Science of Bruising | Theatre Travels & One Good Act

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There’s something in the Sydney theatre air that means 2022 has been the year of productions focused on women’s emancipation and their right to choose their life path. Hush, A Letter for Molly, and Ghosting the Party considered mothering; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Precious Stream, and A Doll’s House saw women navigating marriage contracts; and Chef, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, and now the Sweet Science of Bruising turn different lens on violence in women’s lives to examine power, freedom, and choice.

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Silenced | Vocovox

In 2004, while accepting the Sydney Peace Prize at the University of Sydney, novelist and political activist Arundhati Roy said, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” She was pushing back against the myth that oppressed groups are voiceless and need others to speak for them by acknowledging that the gaps in the discourse or debate or historical record are actually deliberate omissions and erasures. Silenced picks up on the same concerns and grapples with the social, professional, and political consequences of being one of the silenced, specifically of being a woman under patriarchy.

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Puppets | Panimo Pandemonium Festival

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Apps like Tinder and Bumble and Hinge were supposed to make dating easier but the plethora of fish in the digital sea hasn’t resulted in Liv’s happily ever after. But the dire state of heterosexuality doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming, living vicariously through love ballads, or anthropomorphising her puppet pals as deadbeat exes, now, does it?

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Lipstick & Girl Shut Your Mouth | Theatre Travels

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For the second week of NO: INTERMISSION the action takes a turn towards the absurd from a whacky turnstile of gay dates to a runaway bride to a war-torn world decorated in florals. In both Lipstick and Girl Shut Your Mouth, the terms of the characters’ lives are unclear with heartwarming and deadly consequences respectively.

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In Their Footsteps & Rattling the Keys | Theatre Travels

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After an ironic interruption in 2020, Theatre Travels’s short play festival NO: INTERMISSION returns with four new plays this year. The first week’s selection travels from war-torn Vietnam to the isolation of Coober Pedy to explore themes of regrets, violence, and death.

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Final Placement & Bleach | Theatre Travels

Life can get wild and unruly at times, throwing unexpected obstacles at people with the very best intentions. In the final week of one act play festival No:Intermission, the office of a social worker and the romps of a sex worker show off the worst sides of humanity from bad luck to bad choices and everything in between.

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Queenslander & Albumen | Theatre Travels

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It’s the first week of No:Intermission, a new short theatre festival celebrating Australian work presented by Theatre Travels. The two opening pieces for the festival cover the murky interconnection of share houses and the sinister overlapping of photography and blood.

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The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later | Theatre Travels

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When something tragic happens to a place, a natural disaster or accident or crime, the legacy of that event takes hold of the community and can change it, for better or worse. When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a media frenzy from all over the country and the world turned its gaze onto a quiet, small American town and forever altered the way the town saw itself.

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The Laramie Project | Theatre Travels

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This year marks 20 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming which began a media storm about the way our society views gay people and constructs narratives of gay panic and justified violence. When the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the small American town to interview residents, they weren’t sure what would come out of it and they probably wouldn’t have predicted the show continuing to be performed two decades later on the other side of the world.

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Co-Directors Carly Fisher and Rosie Niven on the Laramie Project | Theatre Travels

Night Writes sits down with co-directors Carly Fisher and Rosie Niven to discuss their upcoming productions of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later with Theatre Travels.

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