Citizen Theatre Offer Melbourne Audiences New Musical Theatre Experience This Fringe

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 29-Aug-2018
Running for three shows only at Theatre Works this Melbourne Fringe Festival, Citizen Theatre proudly bring Melbourne audiences a pertinent new work. #citizentheatre #melbfringe
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date: 28 - 30 September, 2018
Time: Fri - Sun 7pm
Ticket: $32 Full, $28 Concession and Grps 6+, Fringe Pass Welcome
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Call: (03) 9660 9666
Creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with a unique combination of original vocal and musical elements, 'Ascent' is an innovative new music theatre production that takes audiences on the journey of one woman improving herself to death.

Dismantling the ideals about what "music theatre" is, 'Ascent' is a bold feminist piece that deconstructs expectations of the female form. Undergoing a series of physical transformations in a quest to feel forever fresh and relevant, the piece is an examination of what it is to be a woman, and the lengths some people will go to to achieve "perfection".

"Female bodies are compartmentalised in our visual culture", explains Writer/Director Jayde Kirchert.

"We're so accustomed to legs without heads, stomachs without eyes, feet without knees, smells without pores. We're accustomed to objectifying the parts of the female body and assessing them for their aesthetic value. With 'Ascent' we look at this process and explore the possibilities for revealing the intelligence of the body, in each of its parts, even its smells. The world we're creating is wacky and wonderful. It's like no other musical theatre work. Using the ensemble we create giant versions of small body parts, and there's even a scene that will portray a full facelift. The show is funny, relatable, and has a minimalist aesthetic that harnesses the magic of physical theatre."

Based in Melbourne, Citizen Theatre is an independent company that has been producing and creating new work and existing plays since 2013. The company is drawn to presenting social causes and issues in unexpected settings and works with a feminist, access conscious approach. Many of their shows explore the combinations that music and theatre can offer, re-imagining how musical forms of theatre are perceived in Australia.

Previous seasons include 'Alexithymia, Inferno: A Double Bill', 'Nude', 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'Twelfth Night'.

This season of 'Ascent' is generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, as part of ShowSupport.

Written/Directed/Produced by Jayde Kirchert
Performed by Marty Alix, Jordan Barr, Kala Gare, Willow Sizer, Jessica Vellucci
Music Composed by Imogen Cygler
Visual Design Collaborator/Graphic Design/Produced by Stu Brown
Lighting Designed by Ashleigh Barnett
Stage Managed/Operated by Sophie Andrew

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