How do we deal with those who commit crime?
Who gets to decide?
What happens when they get it right?
The Chat is a project about justice.
We are using the stage as a place to explore issues around criminal justice that we think could do with some fresh eyes. The stage is the perfect forum to get the experts – community, offenders, public figures and authorities – talking, thinking and acting. And that’s exactly what we are going to do. It all happens for the first time at La Boîte Theatre, Brisbane this November: a new performance created and performed by internationally renowned artists and ex-criminal offenders.
To book tickets, please follow this link – http://laboite.qtix.com.au/event/LAB_Chat_15.aspx
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
An incredible group of ex-offenders have participated in workshops we have held in Melbourne since early 2014. They have brought expertise and impressive performance ability and are now ready for the stage. They are joined by four artists who have been chosen for their notable talents in performance and design. Four ex-offenders have been chosen from the workshops to join us on stage each night during performance. In the tough, frightening beauty of a heavily surveilled room, performers James Brennan, Ashley Dyer and David Woods lead four ex-offenders through the performance and at times are led by them.
We imagine you will donate to this project because you are interested in these ideas – we want you to come. There will be criminologists, social workers, police, offenders, mothers, fathers, left wing, right wing, post wing and you. In a final show down that questions the value of redemption, experts and punters will sit in judgment on one offender and on the performance itself.
THE LONG GAME
The performance is a vital part of a bigger plan.
We are modelling an artistic program for offenders and parole officers based on our work so far. The performance is part of our research. It involves role play and allows perspectives to shift within a safe and challenging workshop setting. In 2016 we begin a partnership with Monash University’s Criminology department to explore these possibilities.
Your donation is a political act.
By supporting a project that provokes new perspectives on the hidden and personal impacts of our criminal justice system, you are joining an important conversation, and helping to steer it in a positive direction.
Not only that, you are helping this rare and impressive performance come to life.
Thank you for your help
Alex, Ashley, David, Danny, Doddy, James, John and Nick