New Australian Work, The Other Place, To Take The Stage At Theatre Works

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 30-Jul-2019
A new Australian work by writer Christopher Bryant, the premiere season of 'The Other Place' brings together an all female-identifying ensemble to explore the historical and dramaturgical repercussions of the erasure of female artistry in theatre.
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date: 28 August - 8 September, 2019
Time: Tues - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Ticket: $45 Full, $37 Concession, $30 Preview, Student and Under 30s
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Call: 03 9534 3388
Carlton, 1967. Schoolteacher Betty Burstall begins sketching plans for what will eventually become La Mama Theatre; the pre-eminent independent home of new, experimental, and previously unseen Australian work. Stratford-upon-Avon, 1975. Director Buzz Goodbody - founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Other Place; a theatre of new, experimental and previously unseen work - is about to begin rehearsing her production of Hamlet. Both women are attempting to drag their surroundings into the future and reshape the world's artistic landscape.

One of them is about to end her life.

Directly inspired by the real lives of Betty Burstall and Buzz Goodbody, 'The Other Place' is a powerful theatrical and philosophical rumination on two influential women. The ways their lives mirrored in the theatre they produced, the misogyny they experienced, and the lives they changed.

"'The Other Place' was inspired by some pretty uncomfortable parallels I saw in the stories of Betty Burstall and Buzz Goodbody and things that are still going on today; misogyny, gate-keeping, exclusion, and so on." explains writer Christopher Bryant.

"While there's a lot we know about Burstall, a lot of Goodbody's story has had to be fictionalized or massaged out of past records, references to her in interviews, and so on. We've created this new Australian work with a diverse group of creatives. It's important to see diverse and non-normative bodies taking up space and telling a story. This level of inclusion is something that should be prevalent across most art-forms but is still pretty rare."

A Griffin Award nominated playwright, performer, and NIDA graduate, Christopher Bryant has worked with a range of companies including fortyfivedownstairs, Malthouse Theatre, the State Library of Victoria, ATYP, MKA, Apocalypse Theatre, La Mama, and the Emerging Writer's Festival. His works have been been published by Play Lab, Australian Plays, and Hello Mr. Magazine.

This production is proudly supported by Australia Council Catalyst, Creative Victoria, and the City of Port Phillip.

Written by Christopher Bryant
Directed by Jessica Dick
Assistant Direction by James Christensen
Performed by Ravenna Bouckaert, Kristina Benton, Vivan Nguyen, Erin Pattison, and Susie Sparkes
Lighting Design by John Collopy
Set Design by Ella Butler
Sound Design by Joshua Bliss

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