Lab Kelpie Inc.

Theatre & Performance

Oil Babies by Petra Kalive

A high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body, this World Premiere of Petra Kalive’s OIL BABIES is brought to you by an extraordinary team of creative artists.

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OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps the moment before our own extinction.

The advent of fuel-based plastics has revolutionised the industrial world. In 2018 there is no area of manufacturing untouched by plastics.

We are the plastic generation.

The carbon tax is gone, we have continued government resistance to renewable energy and Trump has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement.

Is it any wonder we are losing hope?

Blending lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama, OIL BABIES weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.

Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and ultimately, our lack of respect for it.

Presented by Lab Kelpie and Darebin Arts Speakeasy as part of their 2018 Program, writer and director Petra Kalive will collaborate with an incredible ensemble of female performers including Fiona Macleod and Jodie le Vesconte and some of Melbourne’s top creatives: movement director Xanthe Beesley and designers Andrew Bailey (set), Darius Kedros (sound) and Lisa Mibus (lighting).

As a not-for-profit company dedicated to presenting new Australian text-based theatre, Petra’s work exhibits so many of the ingredients we look for in a script: intelligence, vigor, humour, pathos, strength, vulnerability, doubt, confusion, fear and hope.

Your donation to this project will go directly to the paying the artists involved. It will have an immediate, direct impact on our ability to deliver the strongest possible presentation of this new Australian work to the stage: we literally cannot do this without you.

Having worked across main stage and indie theatres, our renowned creative and design teams will produce a work that promises to be a highlight of the 2018 Melbourne theatre calendar.

We also expect this work to have a touring life post-presentation, with national touring plans already underway, supported by our tour coordinators arTour.

The work was recently pitched at Showcase Victoria for a 2020 tour, and has just been selected for the 2018 National Performing Arts Exchange this September.

We have a policy of only seeking fundraising support when we really need it. Our last campaign was in 2016 with Katy Warner’s SPENCER, a work which now has a pending 11-week national tour scheduled for 2019.

When we get support for a show, we make the most of it.

And we need that support again.

Please consider donating (remember: your donations are tax deductible) and help become part of a new Australian work that deserves to be made.

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Lab Kelpie Inc.

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Lab Kelpie Inc. is a theatre company dedicated to the production of new work by Australian playwrights.

A not-for-profit organisation with a board of experienced and passionate industry professionals, we actively seek out works that engage audiences by interrogating with intelligence and vigour how relationships, power and politics function in the twenty first century.

As strong advocates of new writing, we support Australian playwrights by commissioning, developing, presenting and touring their work, encouraging our writers to take risks and inspire audiences with the themes and messages they want to explore.

“One of Australia’s most exciting independent theatre companies on the rise.” – Maxim Boon, The Music

Since 2012 we have presented 123 shows to over 7,700 audience members in 27 venues across Australia and New Zealand. We have received 11 award nominations including Green Room Award nominations for Best New Writing for both Spencer (2018) and A Prudent Man (2017).

Our critically acclaimed production of Elegy was a Premier Event for the 2016 Midsumma Festival, while our production of Katy Warner’s A Prudent Man won the Audience Choice Award from over 400 shows at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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