In the most ambitious pandemic project yet, Dear Australia – 50 monologues by 50 playwrights – streamed over three nights last week. Witness critics Robert Reid, Carissa Lee and Monique Grbec respond
Robert Reid Carissa Lee and Monique Grbec
Robert Reid is co-editor and co-founder of Witness and runs our educational resources. He is a playwright, director and academic. His award-winning plays have been produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company and his own independent companies. He is artistic director of the games-based performance company, Pop Up Playground, and his Platform Paper on theatre and digital marketing was published by Currency Press in 2011. He recently completed his PhD in Australian Theatre History. Monique Grbec was born on Eora country, raised on Woi Wurrung country, and lives on Wurundjeri country. A child of the Stolen Generations, she is interested in identity, the generational effects of institutionalisation, and the White Australia Policy. Her lifework is fundamentally text based and addressed through the lens of Indigenous Standpoint Theory. Her current work, ‘Bring Them Home’ includes audio and 3D installation. She is a member of Yirramboi Blak Critics. Carissa Lee was the Inaugural Witness First Nations Emerging Critic. She is an associate editor and manages the Witness Instagram account. Born on Wemba-Wemba country, she graduated with Honours from the drama course at Flinders University Drama Centre and currently works as a professional actor on stage and screen. She completed a traineeship through the Black and Write! Program at QUT, which led to her role as the ATSI Writers Program Coordinator at the SA Writers Centre. Carissa has written for publications such as Junkee, LIP Mag, Book Riot, and Melbourne Writers Festival, and is presently completing her PhD in Indigenous Theatre.