For immediate release
3 July 2015
Spit it out. Sink your teeth in. Or suck it up.
Part of the 2015 Anywhere Festival, Melbourne’s freshest experimental theatre company explores word play, propaganda and thought terminating clichés in a performance all about engaging the enemy.
To speak and not to speak about anything at all is nothing out of the ordinary, especially for a politician. We need it to survive. It also creates wars.
DoubleSpeak is the newest devised work from The DIG Collective and will be presented in a vacant shop front in the heart of Frankston, on Station St. Amidst the bustle of city the performance invites the audience to reflect on the role of public dialogue and the importance of difficult conversations.
“It’s a show about word vomit, word play, and double meanings; basically, the bread and butter of politicians, only we’re going to take it to its logical absurd conclusion. It’s about looking at it in extremes to be able to see the cracks.” – Alex Talamo, Director
Based on case studies about people who have attempted difficult conversations at great self-risk, the project draws on the work of Sophie Calle’s Exquisite Pain to explore the form of personal mythology.
“I loved the piece – the real stand out for the evening… I can still ‘see’ it in my memory.” – Mark Crees, Theatre Works
(on ‘DiG’, Winner Best Production & The People’s Choice Award, Short and Sweet Festival 2011)
Along with evening performances, the collective are inviting audiences to join them in conversation during the day, as they take up residence on the streets of Frankston to ask, ‘Can you describe what it’s like living on an island?’, exploring the barriers to engage in difficult conversations with those around us.
As part of the project the collective are engaging in their own difficult conversations – with their dramaturge who is exclusively involved via Skype. Richard Pettifer, whose most recent political work ‘People Spoke’ was performed at the Festival of the Wandering Hangar, is a Berlin-based theatre director and performance artist who has been working with the collective via Skype since 2014, as an alternative solution to the environmentally costly aviation travel.
DoubleSpeak is an experimental performance about difficult conversations, the experience of being on an island and two bodies on stage.
The DIG Collective are a contemporary theatre collective comprised of alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. They are committed to exploring non-linear and highly-physical story telling that revels in the potential of their individual, physical bodies.
“Zombie vaudeville with an anarchic vibe… in the direction of Black Lung” -Cameron Woodhead (on ‘DiG’, Chapel off Chapel)
Meet at Fresh St@rt Organic Cafe White Street Mall, Frankston
1 – 6 Sept | 7pm daily | 45min
TO BOOK TICKETS visit www.anywherefest.com/doublespeak
For further information, images or interview availability please contact:
Alexandra Talamo | 0417 035 902 | email@example.com
For all accessible information, including wheelchair and audio description bookings please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org