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The carbon tax is gone, we have continued government resistance to renewable energy and Trump has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement.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