Working With Children

Text, Direction, Design & Performance NICOLA GUNN

Working with Children looks at the problem of intimacy and exposure by exploring the curiosity of artists who make contemporary performance with children for an adult audience. In a work that is both funny and surprisingly affective, it is an attempt to perform a kind of radical vulnerability. With a narrative that spins around a central core without ever getting at it, without ever naming it, the audience is invited to wonder about the effect of language on the body with a seemingly unconnected collection of anecdotes, which may or may not be true. This accumulation of fragments causes a tension between the insistence of making narrative and the resistance or impossibility of finding one, playing with the idea that we can find a different way of behaving by finding a different way of inquiring and of listening.

Co-produced by BIT Teatergarasjen, Performance Space and MTC. Originally commissioned and produced by Melbourne Theatre Company. The first development season was presented in the Lawler Studio in Melbourne in September 2018 and at Liveworks Festival in Sydney in October 2018 with the following credits: Video Design NICK ROUX Sound Design KELLY RYALL Lighting & Spatial Design BOSCO SHAW Costume Design EUGYEENE TEH Script Dramaturg JON HAYNES Choreography SARAH AIKEN Stage Management MEG RICHARDSON.
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