29th July 2016
Devised by both artists and former prisoners, The Chat takes a dark and humorous look at the criminal justice system.
Against the steely beauty of a heavily surveilled interview room, ex-offenders share the stage with performers James Brennan, David Woods and Ashley Dyer to build a new world order for ‘justice arts’ – a world of crime stories, interpretive dance and bleak, possibly horrific comedy.
Led by theatre maker and former parole officer, J.R Brennan, with actor David Woods (Ridiculusmus), The Chat turns the system into a hilarious administrative nightmare where offenders become parole officers, actors become criminals, and the parole board is played by you, the audience. How and when should crimes be forgiven? Who gets to decide? What happens if they get it wrong?
Radically disruptive, The Chat transforms the theatre into a tense and liminal space where offenders stand on the brink of freedom, taboos unravel, and all of us are put on trial.
Warning: Adult concepts, coarse language, flashing images, loud music and violence.
Venue: Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
29th July 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ticket Price includes GST
Bookings Close: 25th July 2016