This month, we’re heading West
November’s Live Night, courtesy of our Stage Partner The Substation, is a chance to delve into the culture of western Melbourne, with a remount by Donna Jackson of Vicky Reynolds’ highly regarded verbatim play The Bridge. It promises to be the kind of large scale, politically committed work that Donna Jackson has made her forte.
The idea of Live Nights is to see a show together, and then to chat afterwards over a drink in a informal but facilitated conversation. These nights are all about what you think: it gives you permission to buttonhole strangers in the foyer and ask them what they thought. And they’re great fun.
Vicky Reynolds, during her lifetime a mainstay of the Melbourne Workers Theatre, wrote The Bridge in 1990. It revisits the collapse of a giant span of Melbourne’s Westgate Bridge in 1970 that claimed the lives of 35 workers. This production, part of the Arts and Industry Festival being hosted in Hobsons Bay, will be presented within a multi-media installation featuring video projection and design by Bindi Cole Chocka, music by James Henry and performed by an ensemble cast of actors and community members.
This powerful installation and theatrical collaboration consider the historical impact and current ramifications of the Westgate Bridge collapse through the lens of past and present politics. The Westgate is more than a physical bridge; it is a link to the past, family and friends, between different cultures and into the future.
The Witness Live Night is at 8pm on Thursday, November 22. To find out how to book your discount ticket, go to the Live Night Forum.
Live Nights are available to Individual and Patron members, which you can subscribe to monthly or annually. Full membership details are on this page. Our full Live Night program for 2018 is here.
Details on how to book your discount tickets and Live Night arrangements are in the Live Nights Forum. Please note that that the venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have further accessibility requirements please let us know, and we will accommodate them to the best of our ability.