Shane Anthony

Circus & Physical Theatre

Our Blood Runs in the Street

Drawing on the words of real Australians affected by Sydney’s gay and transgender hate crimes, ‘Our Blood’ blends spoken word and physical theatre in a powerful cry of rage and an ode to human resilience.

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Chopt Logic Productions produces innovative, thought provoking, physically based theatre which reflects socially relevant issues and concerns.

In 2019, the NSW Parliament reopened the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010, to delve into the state’s history of violence and persecution against LGBTQI Australians. In this landmark production, Shane Anthony and his ensemble have taken as their starting point interviews with real Australians affected by these hate crimes. Drawing on the words of the victims’ family members, witnesses, historians, police officers, journalists and researchers, they have created a searing and unapologetic look at how cultural prejudice and bias have contributed to violence against gay and transgender people in Australia.

Show dates: 19 Feb-21 March.

‘Our Blood’ is an important production because it gives a voice to those whose voices were systematically suppressed for so long. The show’s physical nature allows us to express the true horror of the victims’ experiences while also honouring their resilience and strength. We hope that the production will be a place of healing for those who suffered and a place of learning for those who have been ignorant to the crimes. In doing so, our aim is to pave a better path into the future. We will be co-hosting a shared event with ACON on Sun 23 Feb. It is a forum for the community to engage with those who have contributed their stories & to encourage submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry.

Your help will allow us to create a work of excellence which pays respect to all the voices that have contributed to this important project.

We are looking for assistance to help us create a particular set which is safe for performing a highly physical work including full weight bearing balances on certain items . It also needs to be easily demountable and transportable so that we can tour the show and bring the story to a broader audience.

Shane is a director, producer and movement coach. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Screenwriting for Feature Film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Recent directing credits include Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch and The Whale by Samuel D.Hunter at The Old Fitz Theatre, Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool at Griffin Theatre, Songs for the Fallen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Altar Boyz, Calendar Girls and Avenue Q for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boite Theatre, Often I Find That I Am Naked for Critical Stages – (Australian National Tour), Motortown by Simon Stephens for 23rd Productions.

Movement direction includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for The Court Theatre, the Australian feature film, Sleeping Beauty and show director for CIRCA on their 2009 European tour of CIRCA.

He is currently in development on the new verbatim, physical-theatre work Our Blood Runs in the Street, focusing on gay and transgender hate crimes in Australia.

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