“Brecht would have been proud of the emotional distancing and invitation to thoughtful engagement delivered to the audience.“
— Stage Whispers
“A work that in its specificity uncovers truths without casting blame or preaching a message. A work that, once seen, will linger like a spectre on angled glass.“
— Theatre People
“It asks questions about what it means to ask questions—of others, of ourselves, of our environment and the distancing nature that this can promote.“
— Melbourne Observer
“An investigation of journalism as entertainment and various conundrums of alienation and of empathy that the information age can inspire.“
— The Age
“Long, overblown and more than a little silly.“
— The Australian
After four years in development, Prompter, my debut theatre work, written in collaboration with director Sam Fox and Hydra Poesis, was staged at the Arts House Meat Market in Melbourne in August 2013.
Rather than me try to explain here what we were playing at (something about post-colonial legacy, the nature of truth in the modern media cycle, ideas of disaster and mediation), here’s a little documentary the ABC made on the play, wherein I say some moderately intelligent things about it.
And here, more bizarrely, are Sam and myself on live national breakfast television.
For this project, I had the privilege of dramaturgy from the great Australian playwright Stephen Sewell, a composer signed to the Warp label, and input and feedback from a phenomenal group of actors, programmers, set designers and other collaborators. Development of the play was funded by the Australia Council, the WA Theatre Development Initiative, and others, no doubt.
The play, being about media, generated a stack of media interest. This is a collection of some of my rambles and rants: