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unHOWsed at Theatre Works Shines a Light on Homelessness Stories of Older Women

BY Sassy Red PR | 26-Sep-2019
More elderly women are experiencing homelessness than ever before. #unHOWsedTW #TheatreWorks
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date: 23 October - 3 November, 2019
Time: Wed - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Ticket: $45 Full, $37 Concession, $30 Student, Under 30s and Preview
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unHOWsed at Theatre Works Shines a Light on Homelessness Stories of Older Women
unHOWsed
Photographer: Louise Chen Photography
Subject: Liza Dezfouli
Recent census data shows that in the last five years the number of older woman experiencing homelessness has increased by 31%. Homelessness Australia last year reported the number of older women "couch surfing" increased 83%, and the number of older women sleeping in cars rose 75% in four years.

A powerful premiere season, this October at Theatre Works 'unHOWsed' sees these women take centre stage and shines a light on the unexplored territory of lives lived on the edge. A multi-disciplinary performance work about older women's homelessness, unHOWsed spotlights real voices - strong and significant.

“A group of friends wanted to write about their experience of life on the edge.”, explains writer Karen Corbett.

“We were tired of the clichéd representations of older women - where were the women who led alternative lives? For a few of us housing had been an issue. We had also recently heard of a warehouse with 25 older women living there in terrible conditions and realised the only thing that could bring these disparate characters together would be housing issues.“

“This "issue" of homelessness has been in the media a lot recently, but how does the audience receive information?”, adds Director Deborah Leiser-Moore.

“Do they really hear it, or is it just another tragedy that doesn’t affect them? They can close the paper, leave the website, turn off the TV. In unHOWsed, audiences will be meet real women. Women who have experienced homelessness. The experience will be visceral and provocative.”

Joining forces on this pertinent new work, Tashmadada and Voices of the Southside have brought together an exciting creative team and ensemble. Featuring original texts by writers Karen Corbett, Coral Larke, Catherine Samsury, Liza Dezfouli and Voices of the Southside and an exquisite soundscape by renowned composer Nela Trifkovic, unHOWsed promises to be an exciting, significant, and vibrant season in the Theatre Works Chapter Three program.

This production is proudly supported by Theatre Works, the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund and the City of Darebin.

Directed by Deborah Leiser-Moore
Composition and Sound Direction by Nela Trifkovic
Written by Karen Corbett, Coral Larke, Catherine Samsury, Liza Dezfouli, and the Voices of the South Side Ensemble
Performed by Carla Mitterlehner, Susan V.M. McDonald-Timms, Jan Grey, Diann Pattison, Maurya Bourandanis, Catherine Samsury, Karen Corbett, and Liza Dezfouli
Costume Design by Angela Vanzella
Lighting Design/AV by Kinetic Screen