Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood is a feverish, drug-induced, dream-like, fire-cracker adventure of two Singaporean Chinese orphaned siblings who are forced to become adults when their parents die before teaching them how.
The most obvious fear about dying is the ceasing to exist part but one also has to consider all the preliminaries: will you be seriously ill or injured? Will you be able to stay at home or with family? Will you end up isolated in a care facility? These are the practical fears of dying that have only been exacerbated over recent years with the incredibly deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Victorian aged care facilities that killed hundreds of people in 2020 and the Royal Commission into Aged Care of 2021 that recorded countless instances of abuse and neglect across the country.
After weeks of rain, a coming-of-age story set under the summer sun was a sip of sweet relief. But not everything in Paradise is as good as it seems with a rogue orange vandal on the loose and a neighbourhood watch more invested in peace than justice. Maybe a blast from the past is exactly what this neighbourhood needs to shake it out of its stuffy ways.
The climate disaster. The great looming end made up of a myriad of smaller endings; extinctions, floods, and fearsome bushfires. What else is at stake? Could we lose something as monumental as a season? Are we already on our way to a world without winter?
The last time Kendall Feaver’s work appeared on Griffin’s stage was the dense and jagged examination of mental illness The Almighty Sometimes. In this new work, Feaver takes on an equally thorny topic of sexual assault on university campuses, as well as the implications for feminism, racism, and the power imbalances that uphold these sacred institutions of knowledge.
The image of the tortured artist is a popular one; the sad sack, the alcoholic, the neurotic recluse. But even for artists who might be considered “normal”, there remains the rather insistent self-doubt: “Why am I doing this?” In Debra Oswald’s solo memoir performance, she explores the life events leading to her career as a writer and the many, many trials she’s faced over that career.
The concept of home and what having one gives to you are things many Australians are lucky enough to take for granted. Stability, safety, a memory of where you’re coming from, and a plan for where you’re going; small things denied to so many. In this autobiographical solo show, Oliver Twist examines his own experiences with starting over as a Rwandan refugee.