The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.
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promiscuous/cities composes a symphony of a night in a big city where each of us frantically tries to maintain the myth of ourselves we’ve created. Yet at the edges of the image we peddle on social media – like! – there is an aching distance between us all.
They’ve written endless songs about this city.
Can you feel the street’s pulse, how it rushes through your veins like a drug?
He’s in trouble, she’s falling in love, they’re cheating, she’s trapped and he’s alone.
But keep moving since we mustn’t fall behind.
Stay connected- don’t want to miss out.
promiscuous/cities composes a symphony of a night in a big city where each of us is frantically maintaining the myth of ourselves we’ve created. Yet underneath the vision of us we peddle on social media – like! – there is an aching distance between us.
Playwright Lachlan Philpott asks: How can we know a city when we don’t even know ourselves?
About the artist
wreckedAllprods is a queer performance collective formed in 2000 when Alyson Campbell and Lachlan Philpott met on an outreach program for at-risk LGBTQI+ young people. Their work is distinct because of the queerness and complex subtlety of its aesthetic. wreckedAllprods gives theatre a queer poke up the arse.
The Victorian College of the Arts, part of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, offers a conservatoire and atelier-based education that fosters critical confidence and creative risk-taking. It is situated in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, on land occupied by more than 1,000 generations of Australia’s First Peoples.
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a federal college of the University of London. Central offers a model of cross-disciplinary learning and training for specialist roles within the performing arts, including theatre and performance for a social purpose, and using drama outside of traditional theatre to empower communities.
- Alyson Campbell (Associate Professor in Theatre, VCA) and Stephen Farrier (Reader in Performance, Central) have worked for a number of years on building queer performance scholarship, including their edited collection, Queer Dramaturgies (Palgrave).
Writer: Lachlan Philpott
Director: Alyson Campbell
Composer/Dramaturg: Meta Cohen
Cast: BA (Hons) Acting CDT (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) and BA (Hons) Theatre Practice, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London