A Cutting-Edge Collision of Theatre and Technology, Coil is a Moving Ode to the Video Stores of Past

Published by: Kabuku PR | 21-Jun-2023
Movies and memories, live on stage.
Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Address: 32 Burelli Street Wollongong 2500
Date: 26–29 July, 2023
Time: Wed 26 July, Fri 28 July & Sat 29 July 7:30pm; Thu 27 July 6:30pm; Sat 29 July 1:30pm
Ticket: Premium: $59, Adult: $49, Pensioner/Student/Groups 8+ $44, Under 30s $39, School Groups 8+ $23, Family of 4 $156 (Max 2 Adults)
Buy / Ticket: https://merrigong.com.au/shows/coil/
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EMail: info@merrigong.com.au
Call: +61 2 4224 5999
A Cutting-Edge Collision of Theatre and Technology, Coil is a Moving Ode to the Video Stores of Past
“Nostalgic, philosophical and comedic... it’s quite unlike any other use of cameras and screens I’ve seen on a stage” – Sydney Morning Herald

Merrigong Theatre Company and re:group performance collective are excited to present Coil, a cutting-edge collision of theatre and technology, performing at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre 26 – 29 July.

An elegy to the closure of the local video shop, Coil blurs the boundaries of theatre and cinema while drawing on our collective memories to pay tribute to the glory days of the video store and commemorate the communities we made within them.

Through the clever use of cameras and editing devised by co-creator Solomon Thomas, re:group mash theatre and moviemaking together to create something immersive, irreverent, and inherently live.

re:group performance collective’s Carly Young said, “It’s really special to bring Coil back to Wollongong. Steve grew up here, we (re:group) all met at UOW, Leading Edge Thirroul’s closure was the catalyst for this show, and Merrigong have been supporting our work for the better part of a decade.”

Beginning as a popular Wollongong-based performance collective, comprising of artists based between Hobart, Wollongong and Sydney, re:group’s work has been nurtured through Merrigong’s artist development program MERRIGONGX (Route Dash Niner, 2016/2017; Tom William Mitchell, 2018; UFO, 2022). They are now a nationally recognised performance collective.

Merrigong Theatre Company’s Acting Artistic Director Leland Kean said, “It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that we are presenting re:group’s Coil as part of our mainstage season in 2023. Merrigong and re:group have a long history, with the collective developing their work and practice through our MERRIGONGX program with works such as Route Dash Niner, and Coil actually had its first developments here at Merrigong in the Bob Peet Studio. This is a beautiful, ground-breaking show by a group of artists at the peak of their powers and one that truly represents Merrigong’s ethos of presenting and producing work with local relevance and universal resonance.

Coil is both gobsmackingly ingenious in its execution, whilst being funny, warm-hearted and deeply resonant, reflecting upon the joys, perils and pitfalls of nostalgia, and how we grapple with goodbyes.

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