The Political Arena

A live play reading presented by Fake Newspaper Theatre Company

Slip on a tie, squeeze into your lycra, and step into THE POLITICAL ARENA. Because in the not-too-distant future, there’s only one way to choose the next prime minister: through bloody brutal wrestling matches!

Content warnings: political issues, potentially confronting themes.

Access: Relaxed performance.

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Credits

Devised by: Finn Lloyd

Company: Fake Newspaper Theatre Company

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Infinite Affection

Open Rehearsal

Infinite Affection | Απειρη Στοργή is an experimental dance work that responds to the knowledges that have been carried and shared by Greek migrants in Australia, and explores how second and third generation kids have been shaped by this history. Part-performance, part-ritual, the show unearths the joy and sorrow spoken through dance and tradition as it is handed down. This is an open rehearsal for a new, two-person dance performance devised by Luke Macaronas, a 23 year old emerging theatre and movement artist of Greek descent, and Christos Konstantinidis, a 67 year old dancer with extensive training in Greek folk dance. This weekend intensive is an exciting chance to gain insight into the duo’s devising and choreographic processes, as well as witness intergenerational and cultural connections that are at the core of the work. Forum Theatre, Arts West Sat 7th Aug, 2-5pm (@ROSANN TBC start time) Sun 8th Aug, 10am-5pm (Access details of the space – we have not had a chance to visit so please check with Rachel) This open rehearsal has an open door policy, i.e. you may enter and leave the space at any time. Please be respectful of the artists’ rehearsal process.

Access: Relaxed performance.

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Credits

Devised by: Luke Macaronas (he/him)

Choreographer: Christos Konstantinidis (he/him)

Producer: Reis Low (they/them)

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

 

Break

A live streamed dance performance presented by Pat O’Luanaigh

Peek inside and catch a glimpse of the family living inside of 3 Liminal Avenue. Exploring family archetypes within the home, the work investigates what occurs when these archetypal figures are placed in stasis, unable to proceed in their natural development. Inspired by Jung, Happy Days and Pat’s frenetic Irish father, the work explores Pat’s relationship to his family, and how that shifted in lockdown, at a point where he was about to achieve greater independence.

Content warning: Contains flashing lights, and limited sight lines. The work explores subject matter that may be distressing to some audiences.

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Desire Lines

Presented by Plain English Theatre Company

A theatrical anthology of short plays written and directed by James Robertson, “Desire Lines” will take you on a disarming rollercoaster through the paths we choose to take. Two criminals grip with the insanity of an elevator enthusiast, a couple fight over a surfboard while a man in the future chooses to delete his own memories.

Content warnings: coarse language, sexual references, references to sexual assault, references to abuse, references to animal abuse, sexual harassment, murder

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Writer: James Robertson

Company: Plain English Theatre Company

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

 

Rules of Love

A new theatre work by Zadie Kennedy McCracken exploring the limitations and transgressions of obsession and intimacy.

In the aftermath of an uproarious party, Kate digs through her strobe-lit memories of two perpetual crushes: Luke and Julie. As Kate’s long, infatuated night, comes back to her in both real and fantastical vignettes, she confronts the fear surrounding her deepening sexuality and capacity for vulnerability. It’s a party, the aftermath of a party, a love triangle, a pile of trash. It’s modern infatuation, boundaries set and broken. Dance, physicality, noise, chaos, mess. Colour, joy, hollowness, purpose. A woman. A woman, standing in the midst of Dionysian debris, asking herself what she truly desires.

Content warnings: sudden flashes, discussion of mental ill health, audience interaction

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Writer, producer and performer: Zadie Kennedy McCracken

Director: Tallulah McKenzie

Assistant director and co-producer: Olivia Ryan

Performers: Lars Prince, Leila Minnie Romiti

Lighting, sound and set designer: Finn McHenry

Contributing artist: Alison Ford

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

 

stormy weather: the love and loss story of mist and willow

An exclusive performance of original songs written and performed by Leslie Ho. 

‘stormy weather’ is an online audio-visual music performance about the love and loss story of two star-crossed lovers, Mist and Willow.

Throughout the performance, we follow Mist as they navigate her way in life and love, through his relationship with Willow, and how it affects both of them. The title ‘stormy weather’ is taken from one of the songs in the performance, and it is about how even through stormy weathers and floods of grief, someday you will be okay and live through the pain. The performance can be summarised by the lyrics, “I’ll be your shelter, amidst the stormy weather”, which demonstrates how the theme of ‘home’ can be present no matter where you are because ‘home’ is not a place but a person, an object, a feeling, or whatever you want it to be, as long as it gives you warmth and safety.

The viewing is preceded by an online Zoom call where you can meet Leslie and learn about how their love of music and songwriting lead to this exclusive performance which will officially commence at 7:30PM AEST.

Content warning: allusions to self-harm

Access: This event will be captioned.

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Written and performed by: Leslie Ho

Director and camerawoman: Constance Cua

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

 

The Switch – A Short Film Premiere

Come and join the cast of The Switch as they debut their short film!

In a world where “pandemic pandemonium” infiltrates every part of our lives, a resolution to the confinements of negative thinking created by new, unprecedented, restricting social changes, was born.

Xanthe Beesley, Union House Theatre Artistic Director in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Roshelle Fong and theatre artist Suzie J. Jarmain invited a select ensemble of uniquely passionate and courageous students to become a part of a twelve-week online project called The Switch.

The Switch is a multidisciplinary project examining the question, “how do we switch off from pressures and switch onto creativity?” New relationships formed across a cyber-landscape as we carefully and creatively plugged into themes of new anxieties and pressures existing in a world of study where COVID is dominant and its impacts of isolation and uncertainty are prevalent.

Over twelve weekly sessions, The Switch ensemble found their inner superheroes, made a pop music film clip, created dramatic and comedic relationships in a digital galaxy where face filters, and video glitch filters present the possibility of being who you want to be. They learnt professional acting, theatre-making, movement, and digital storytelling skills.

Our short film is a mini-collage of creative work produced using these skills alongside improvisation, musical provocations, mythologies, lived experiences, to challenge how we use masks to hide and to express ourselves in times such as these. The main focus of The Switch was to investigate how creative play could ignite our ensemble to switch off from anxieties and switch onto thinking in an imaginative, inspiring, powerfully liberating way.

When: Tues 3 Aug, 6pm-7pm
What: We will watch the short film (12 mins) altogether and then have a mini celebration!
Where: Zoom + Vimeo (quality footage 👌)
Cost: Free!
Register: theswitch-premiere.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook event
Dress code: 
Switch it up! – something you wouldn’t usually wear…
BYO snacks and a warm beverage of your choice

THE PROGRAM:

THE EXTREMELYADVENTUROUSRAMBUNCTIOUSINTENSELYINSPIRING
DEBUT OF SHORT FILM

The Switch

Switch off from Lockdowns and onto this Australian premiere!

 

CAST LIST:

Gabriel Tassoni as The Optimiser

Michelle Padua as Answer Archer

Jonathan Howard as Minimizer

Prealene Khera as Easeandra

Charlene Phua as Sockahero

Savier D’Arsie Marquez as Compassh

Chenyu Ji as Miss Timery

Choncy Shu as …..

 


If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Breaking it Down: Text Analysis Lab

Part of UHT’s Nora Creative Development Program

Join Nora co-director Liv Satchell to learn about ‘text analysis’, what this means for actors and directors and how to break down a play before you build it back up again in rehearsals.

This workshop is run as a series, with each week building on the previous.

To sign up, you will need to be available for all four sessions.

When: 5-8pm Wednesdays, 4th,11th, 18th, 25th August
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free!
Register: https://text-analysis.eventbrite.com.au
Capacity is strictly limited. If you sign up, please make sure you can attend all sessions. If something comes up and you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so we can give your spot to someone else.
Facebook event

 


Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Producing Skills

With guest artist Efren Pamilacan

This is the perfect workshop for anyone interested in developing producing skills. We’ll cover key topics to help you with the nuts and bolts of getting on with it and getting things done! Whether you’re a first-time producer, need a skills injection, or are leading a student theatre company or your college production – come armed with your questions and learn tools to be organised, tips for healthy working relationships and more.

When: Wed 4 Aug, 1:30-3pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free!
Register: producing.eventbrite.com.au
Capacity is strictly limited. If you sign up, please make sure you can attend. If something comes up and you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so we can give your spot to someone else.
Facebook event

Bio:

Efren Pamilacan is a dance maker and independent producer of Filipino decent living on the unceded lands of the Kulin nation. His work crosses cultural and social spheres intersecting between hip-hop culture, underground dance forms and the contemporary arts sector and aims to create space for new dance communities to thrive.

As a dancer and dance maker, Efren is a member of Jigsaw Sneakers, director of 9DIMES, founder of City Sessions and Cofounder of Cypher Culture.

As an independent producer, he is currently supporting independent artists / collectives: Lay the Mystic, Saluhan – Filipino contemporary arts collective; and House of Dévine.

Academically, Efren is a graduate of Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) and currently assisting with the integration of Street Dance forms to VCA Dance.

In addition, Efren is the Youth Arts Coordinator for L2R Dance, a not-for-profit organisation providing free dance workshops and mentoring to young people in the west.

Website: efren.co


Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

 

The Mudcrabs are hosting a free sketch writing workshop to introduce people to the basics of sketch comedy. In the workshop we will cover the basics of formatting, translating your ideas to the page and common sketch comedy conventions.

This event will be held of Sunday August 1 from 4.30-5.30. Register here.