Fabricated Rooms returns to the Melbourne Stage with their premiere season of The Sky Is Well Designed

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 4-Sep-2017
A work of quiet conversations and stunning sound, Fabricated Rooms bring you their highly anticipated second production, The Sky Is Well Designed. #FabricatedRooms #DarebinArts
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Studio 1
Address: 189 High St, Northcote
Date: 15 - 28 September, 2017
Time: Tues - Sun 7pm (days vary, please see booking page)
Ticket: $28 Full, $25 Concession and Grps 4+, $20 Preview and Tuesday
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Running as a part of the 2017 Darebin Arts Speakeasy season, Fabricated Rooms returns to the Melbourne stage with their latest groundbreaking work. Playing as a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival from the 15th to the 28th of September, 'The Sky Is Well Designed' is a new form hyperrealist sound-theatre performance that explores our relationship to transience and the natural environment.

With digital technology becoming an increasingly dominant factor in the way people communicate and construct their identity, the relationship with the natural world is becoming less immediate. 'The Sky Is Well Designed' is a work of quiet conversations and stunning sound by Writer/Director and Patrick McCarthy and composer Robert Jordan, offering audiences a unique immersive experience this Fringe Festival.

The work tells the story of two researchers, Bear and Thomas, and is inspired by the origin of the term Petrichor; the word used to describe the scent that remains in the air after rainfall. Using this as its foundation, 'The Sky Is Well Designed' centres around two scientists in the vast Australian landscape as they undertake a study examining the musical qualities of electromagnetic energy. Drawing on the rich history of crossover with electromagnetic energy and music composition, 'The Sky Is Well Designed' transports audiences to a fleeting moment where humans attempt to speak with the natural environment as it decays around them.

"In his book Earth Sound Earth Signal, Douglas Kahn talks about how what used to be the weather has become a "vengeful climate" due to global warming, and we now live in constant fear of the sky.", explains writer/director Patrick McCarthy.

"This evolved into an interest in writing a kind of gentle pre-apocalyptic story, rather than the zombie-filled vision of our future we're usually offered by pop-culture. So, this is a story about two lonely people playing music together just before the world falls to pieces. We've created a work that's intimate and sensitive, focused around two brilliant actors who generate an accumulative emotional force. Our composer Robert Jordan has built a series of unique instruments that will be played live to create a rich and, at times, overwhelming sonic environment. We're making a show that should hopefully feel both very old and futuristic at the same time. It gets pretty intense."

Nominated for four Green Room Awards with their debut season 'Grief and The Lullaby' in 2015, Fabricated Rooms is a contemporary theatre company who consistently bring together some of Melbourne"s finest actors and designers. They combine original texts with alternative devising and design methodologies, creating works that generate space for quiet contemplation and subtle transformation. 'The Sky Is Well Designed' is a unique one-off experience, inviting Melbourne audiences to experience an intimate, hyper-realist performance coupled with an original live electronic score.

Written and Directed by Patrick McCarthy ~ Composition and Sound Design by Robert Jordan ~ Set and Costume Design by Zoe Rouse ~ Lighting Design by Kris Chainey ~ Performed by Emily Tomlins and Ben Pfeiffer ~ Dramaturgy (text) by Raimondo Cortese

'The Sky Is Well Designed' is proudly presented and supported by Darebin Arts Speakeasy. This project has also been developed with the support of Chamber Made Opera through their Little Operations program, and by Creative Victoria and the VCA through a Professional Pathways Scholarship.

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