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Forgotten Places Kingston


Journey beyond the stars…

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Forgotten Places Kingston


Journey beyond the stars…

A COSMIC JOURNEY AWAITS

A NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

LIVE KINGSTON ARTS CENTRE | 4-7 SEPTEMBER 2019

An experience awaits to ignite the depths of your imagination. Enter a dazzling, exciting vision of the universe, where mesmerising songs, beautiful dances and stunning visual art come to life in an unforgettable immersive experience. Inspired by Kingston’s unique history of UFO sightings, Forgotten Places is in an awe-inspiring tale of evolution, space-travel and aliens that is not to be missed!

The immersive experience can be thought of as a ‘living gallery’ and will offer audiences the chance to see, hear and feel different types of contemporary art. It will include beautiful abstract paintings of the local area, elegant design and professional performers treating audiences to an array of incredible live music, inspiring poetry and quirky dances. Unlike anything Kingston has seen before, ‘Forgotten Places’ is sure to give audiences of all ages a transformative experience to change the way they interact with the world around them for years to come. Book now and witness this special event!

Forgotten Places is a family friendly event

Kingston Arts Centre is an accessible venue

Image credit: Stu Brown

WIN A FAMILY PASS TO FORGOTTEN PLACES!

Do you want to win a family pass (2x adults, 2x children) to experience Forgotten Places? Download our Colouring Competition and send a photograph of your entry to colouringcomp@citizentheatre.com.au

Entries close Monday 26 August. Winners notified Friday 30 August. See terms and conditions below.

TEAM

PERFORMING COLLABORATORS

Composer/Music Director Imogen Cygler
Freya Pragt (actor)
Willow Sizer (actor)
Jack Wunsch (actor)

NON-PERFORMING COLLABORATORS

Director/Dramaturge Jayde Kirchert
Visual Designer Stu Brown
Costume Designer Aislinn Naughton
Stage & Production Manager Teri Steer
Lighting Designer Rachel Lee
Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover

TIMES AND DATES

Adults $25
Groups 4+ $20
Concession & Children $15
Ages: Recommended 5+ (family friendly)

Phone bookings: (03) 9556 4440

Tickets


Wed 4 September, 7:30PM
Thurs 5 September, 7:30PM
Fri 6 September, 7:30PM
Sat 7 September, 2:00PM
Sat 7 September, 7:30PM

 

This project is supported by the Kingston Arts Grants program

Special thanks to the Ron & Margaret Dobell Foundation for their continued support

Terms and conditions of Colouring Competition:
1. Citizen Theatre reserves the right to determine the winner.
2. Entrants’ work may be used for promotional or publicity purposes by Citizen Theatre.
3. No late entries will be accepted.
4. Winners will be notified by return email on Friday 30 August. If entrant does not reply within 3 days, their prize may be given to the next runner up.
5. Entries open 3 August 2019 and close 26 August 2019.

Venue

Kingston Arts Centre 

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

(Cnr South Road and Nepean Hwy, 100 metres from Moorabbin train station)

Melway Ref 77 D5




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When The Light Leaves


When The Light Leaves


Presented by High Line Productions in collaboration with Citizen Theatre

 playing at la mama courthouse | June 12-23

Death is wild and unpredictable, when it comes to the end of my life, my trust is with myself.

Dan’s dreaming of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s also dying. Liam’s doing his best to be supportive, his sister has good intentions and the nurse is trying to provide the comfort prescribed in the rule book. But none of them can give him what he needs. With access to assisted dying imminent, everyone has an opinion in how you live and die. It’s time for Dan to choose how he goes.

“I know from close observation that Rory Godbold understands the brutal nuances of this issue in ways that very few can claim. He brings a perspective to it, both as creator and as witness, which has the unmistakable ring of truth. Nothing in performance is more powerful than the truth.” – Andrew Denton 


Reviews

"...a moving and nuanced four-hander, featuring elegant design and emotionally charged performances." - (Cameron Woodhead) The Age

“There is a huge amount of talent present in the cast and crew of When The Light Leaves, resulting in a moving exploration of what it means to allow people to live out the final moments of their lives with dignity, compassion and in control.” - (Myron My) My Melbourne Arts

“gripping and irresistible” - (Cameron Colwell) The Music

“This is a brave and compelling story about a subject that is crying out for a voice.” - (Patricia Di Risio) Stage Whispers

"It’s a talented, emotionally honest dive into a tragic human situation" - (Cameron Woodhead) The Age

“a bold and thought provoking piece of theatre” - (Myron My) My Melbourne Arts

“Rory Godbold has done a superb job in writing this play and as a piece of theatre, When The Light Leaves is a cathartic, challenging experience.” - (Cameron Colwell) The Music

WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING

Production Images

Photography by Stu Brown

CREATIVES

Written by Rory Godbold

Directed by Jayde Kirchert

Designed by Stu Brown

Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne

Costumes by Aislinn Naughton

Composer/Sound design by Imogen Cygler

Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover

Associate Producer Alex Suttie

All photography and video by Stu Brown @hellostubrown

CAST

Tomas Parrish as Dan

Leigh Scully as Liam

Veronica Thomas as Kate

Michelle Robertson as Alice

PERFORMANCES
Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm

Wed 19th June 8pm (following 6.30pm performance): Free Q&A Forum on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Fri 21st June 7.30pm: AUSLAN Interpreted Performance

Approx running time: 70 min

Venue: La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


Meet the cast

ACCESS

  • Scripts are available prior to the performance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • AUSLAN interpreted performance on Fri 21st June 7:30pm

  • La Mama Courthouse is an accessible venue.

  • Please contact us if you have access needs so we can ensure you have a great experience info [@] citizentheatre [.] com [.] au

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Forgotten Places Stonnington


Forgotten Places Stonnington


From the past a future begins

A NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Playing at Chapel Off Chapel | February 13 - 17 2019, 6.30PM Shows

An experience awaits to ignite the depths of your imagination. Here, places once forgotten are transformed into visions of the future, where voices sing enchanting songs, architecture comes to life and colour rules supreme. Let your curiosity guide you through a labyrinth of art, design and theatrical wonder and discover delight in what could be.

The Citizen Theatre team will create the Forgotten Places immersive experience by incorporating a selection of photographic submissions from Stonnington locals. These will be transformed into an interactive future city where paintings, sculpture, singing, storytelling, music and colour will give audiences of all ages an inspiring experience to change the way they view and interact with their local area.

Forgotten Places is a family friendly event

Chapel Off Chapel is an accessible venue (see below for more detail)

 See what reviewers said

“Forgotten Places is an experience of great beauty…I don't know if I have ever attended a performance which felt so genuinely like a gift for me. 5 stars” - Samsara Dunston, What Did She Think

“Congratulations to Citizen Theatre for their latest fascinating, immersive, and calming outing – and for daring to create a world so special.” - Owen James, Theatre Press

See the photographs that inspired Forgotten Places: an immersive experience

Production images

Photo credit: Russell Mason

Get a sneak peak of what’s to come!

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Director/Dramaturge/Producer Jayde Kirchert
Visual Designer/Artist/Photography Walk Facilitator Stu Brown
Composer Imogen Cygler
Costume Designer Aislinn Naughton
Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover

Performing Collaborators (in alphabetical order)
Jordan Barr
Kayla Hamill
Tomas Parrish
Willow Sizer
Margot Tanjutco

meet the cast and go behind the scenes!

TIMES and Dates

Wednesday 13th February 6.30pm
Thursday 14th February 6.30pm
Friday 15th February 6.30pm
Saturday 16th February 2pm (not on sale, community matinee only - enquiries to info [at] citizen theatre [dot] com [dot] au)
Saturday 16th February 6.30pm
Sunday 17th February 6.30pm

Tickets $25 adults, $15 children
Book tickets via the Chapel Off Chapel website

Venue

Chapel Off Chapel - Mezzanine
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Box Office and Enquiries: 03 8290 7000
Access: Wheelchair Access. Chapel Off Chapel is accessible from street level with a lift operating between ground level and The Mezzanine. Please call the Box Office on 03 8290 7000 – if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special Needs booking requirements.

 
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Free Guided Photography Walk

To inspire Stonnington locals with their photographic submissions for the ‘Forgotten Places’ Immersive Experience, Citizen Theatre held a ‘Forgotten Places Photography Walk’ - a free guided photography walk with Citizen Theatre’s visual designer Stu Brown. The walk encouraged people to see the world around them with a fresh perspective through the art of photography. It took place on Saturday 24th November.

“To capture street portraits can be challenging as you need to build a quick rapport with people. Getting some essential tips from Stu and Jayde during the two-hour walking tour was quite valuable.”

Weekend Notes - written by Nekoburro

Read the full article!

Forgotten Places is supported by the City of Stonnington’s Arts & Cultural Grants program.



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Ascent


Ascent


Citizen Theatre in association with Theatre Works presents

ASCENT

AN EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC THEATRE PRODUCTION

Played at Theatre Works, September 28, 29 & 30 for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival

'Ascent' tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death. In her quest to feel forever fresh and live up others' and her own expectations of how she ought to be, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, ranging from haircuts to facelifts, and more invasive procedures. Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.

The Citizen Theatre ensemble tells this story by creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with an experimental use of song, voice and musical elements.

Photo credit: Stu Brown

Audiences LOVE Ascent!

Hear what the opening night audience had to say about our production

Reviewers said:

“Kirchert’s unique world tackles deep questions with zest and comedic flair” (Theatre Press)

“Ascent is an amazing experimental fusion of sight and sound” (Stage Whispers)

“Entertaining and thought-provoking, this is an innovative play that is an echo chamber of the unrealistic beauty standards that remain today” (BeMelbourne)

Read the full reviews by clicking on the reviewer name above.

Want to know more?

Watch our documentary series, "The Making of ASCENT", created by our resident visual designer Stu Brown          

Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 5

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episode 6

Eager to know more? Check out blog posts by the writer/director

CAST (alphabetical order)

Marty Alix

Jordan Barr

Kala Gare

Willow Sizer

Jessica Vellucci

Non-performing collaborators: Jenni Little

Special thank you: Jack Wunsch (early workshop collaborator)

CREATIVES

Writer/Director/Producer: Jayde Kirchert

Composer: Imogen Cygler

Visual Design Collaborator/Graphic Design/Producer: Stu Brown

Lighting Designer: Ashleigh Barnett

Stage Manager/Operator: Sophie Andrew

Social Media Coordinator/Producing Assistant: Steph Clare-Cover

Publicist: Sassy Red PR

ACCESS

  • Theatre Works is an accessible venue for wheelchair users

  • For audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact us to view the script prior to seeing the show

  • If you have particular access needs, we encourage you to contact us or chat with the friendly staff at Theatre Works so you can be assured of a fantastic experience


This production is generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, as part of ShowSupport.

 
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The Female Subject


The Female Subject


A livestream performance project 

The Female Subject is a livestream event on Facebook.

This brand new project is one of a kind, giving viewers the chance to have a unique experience of art & performance through the magic of the internet. Each event goes for approximately 5 minutes that you can watch live, anywhere you have an internet-connected device with access to Facebook.

The short events have emerged out of research undertaken in 2016. Over 60 female identifying Citizens of various ages and backgrounds were surveyed to get a sense of what it means to be a woman today. Many questions were looking at how a woman’s family and their expectations of women inform one’s experience of womanhood. Overall, the research pointed to some common themes and insights into what it feels like to be among the first generation/s of women to have experienced a range of things that were previously impossible.

The Female Subject will be presented as a series of Seasons, with 4 events in each Season. Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Youtube so you don't miss out!
 

PILOT SEASON:

First event: Claws
Livestreamed Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7.30pm AEST

 

Third event: Egg
Livestreamed Sunday 6th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST

Second event: A - Z
Livestreamed
Sunday 29th April 2018, 7.30pm AEST

 

Fourth event (season finale): Remember
Released Sunday 13th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST 

Pilot Creatives
Writer & Director: Jayde Kirchert
Visual & Graphic Design: Stu Brown
Sound Design: Imogen Cygler
Director of Photography & Livestreaming: Thomas Overend
Digital Media Coordinator: Steph Clare-Cover

Pilot Cast
Kaori Maeda-Judge
Jordan Barr
Rebecca Moore
Jessica Vellucci
Willow Sizer

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Alexithymia


Alexithymia


Alexithymia | Citizen Theatre & A_tistic

Presented as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival

8 – 19 November 2017

Meat Market, Stables | Corner of Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne

Do you know how you really feel?

Citizen Theatre and A_tistic joined forces to create a new theatrical work, Alexithymia, which aimed to simulate an autistic experience of the world for audiences.

Alexithymia is a condition that noticeably affects 85% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is defined as an inability to name or describe emotions.

Developed and presented by a neuro-diverse cast and creative team, Alexithymia was a speculative fiction, featuring an interdependent and delicate mix of sensory stimuli, sound design and stylised performances.

Alexithymia was presented as three short works – Social_function.exe was about an autistic woman who invented an artificial intelligence implant to navigate a job interview; The Curious Case of You was a game show that put audiences’ emotional intelligence to the test; and Nirvana Syndrome followed a woman who had no desire for anything and was consequently defined by other people's expectations.

The Alexithymia season included a sensory friendly/relaxed performance.

Reviewers said:

“Alexithymia: Experience the World Through Autism is a truly brave work.” - The Melbourne Critique

"This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre ... directed with flair by and Jayde Kirchert and performed with exemplary timing by Emma Hoy, Keagan Vaskess and Nicola Bowman" - Stage Whispers

"At its best, Alexithymia probes [profound human questions] without skimping on emotional intelligence, nuance or complexity." - The Age

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What people said about Alexithymia

THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

CREATIVES INCLUDED:

Phillip Dallas - Sound Designer

Peter Amesbury - Lighting Designer

Sophie Andrew - Stage Manager

Jacinta Anderson - Production Assistant 

Jayde Kirchert - Director/Co-Producer         

Tom Middleditch - Writer/Co-Producer         

Stu Brown - Visual Designer/Co-Producer

James Matthews - Dramaturge

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Poppy Seed

Alexithymia was part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival The production was a collaboration with A_tistic.

 

CAST:

Emma Hoy - Yellow

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Nicola Bowman - Red

 

 

Production images

Photos by Thomas Overend

ACCESS

  • Companion Cards were honoured

  • Meat Market was accessible for patrons with wheelchair access requirements

  • Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing

  • There was a sensory friendly/relaxed performance

  • A donation was made for another Poppy Seed Festival show to have an AUSLAN interpreted performance