Girl in the Machine imagines a future where the messy, complicated, and thankless jobs of care are automated. Sanitised of human contact and compassion, hospitals and medical professionals are obsolete, replaced by a small earpiece called Black Box. Focusing in on one marriage, Stef Smith’s play covers the conflict between technology and human connection, addiction, love, and the philosophy of life.
Originally performed in 2015 as The Host, The Dinner Party is a reimagining that explores the dynamics of power and influence between the guests and hosts in an evocative yet playful production. Shifting relationships and balances of control propel the night forward to its inevitable conclusion.
In mainstream media and news, Western Sydney came seem like a world unto itself. With a long history of immigration, the western suburbs are some of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia so, with representatives from Fairfield, Jump First, Ask Later aims to showcase that diversity through their personal histories and their shared love of urban movement styles.
Global events over the last three years have dragged Animal Farm, the anti-Stalinist novel by George Orwell, back into the spotlight. This adaptation for the stage by Geordie Brookman animates the slow but steady journey from revolution to dictatorship in an English farmyard with a single actor representing all characters.
To celebrate their 40th birthday, Flying Fruit Fly Circus have brought their much-loved production JUNK back to the stage for its last Australian-wide tour. This one of a kind circus troupe of kids aged 8-19 are dedicated to creating vibrant and engaging circus performances to entertain all ages. Inspired by youthful imagination and risk-taking, JUNK shows off what these incredibly talented kids can do.
Mental illness is a very isolating experience because many of the symptoms of mental illnesses, especially depression, attack the parts of the mind that interpret relationships, make meaningful connections, and experience joy. Often the effects of mental illness are not felt until a tragedy occurs, a suicide or another violent physical manifestation of the illness, when the impact radiates outwards through family, friends, and communities.
Three sisters’ lives recollide after middle sister Meg’s novel is nominated for the Book Prize. With the death of their father and the questioning of Hilary’s son Troy, the sisters are forced to re-examine the life they lived in hometown Sorrento and what drove them apart. This is a piece of nostalgic Australiana from our recent history that attempts to unpack the Australian identity in a global culture.