‘(Gunn’s) imaginative, absurdist work is witty, weird, conceptual and intellectually rigorous without being pretentious.’
‘Gunn’s monologues are sinuous and whimsical and seriously brilliant – they have the daring, timing and flow of the highest level of stand-up comedy..’
From one of Australia’s most acclaimed independent and radical theatre-makers, Nicola Gunn, comes the world premiere production Working with Children. Part performance, part visual metaphor, this inventive solo piece explores the moral and ethical minefield of working with children, and the relationship between language and the (sexualised) body.
Through a series of vignettes, thoughts and recollections, Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, Green Screen) uses her distinctive humour and fierce social critique to challenge our preconceived ideas of what is appropriate for children, in a collaboration with Pol Heyvaert from internationally renowned Belgian company CAMPO.
This bewildering, bold and provocative performance piece is guaranteed to spark debate. It asks us to imagine a woman who works with children, but has a secret she’s incredibly ashamed of. Now, imagine a man who works with children, but says and does things in private he wouldn’t want to be made public. Fortunately, there are regulations in place to protect children from dark emotions and the vulnerability of reality.
An MTC NEON NEXT commission. Supported by CAMPO
You can also download a copy of the show programme for Working With Children before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season here at mtc.com.au/backstage.
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One of the finest artists to come out of Melbourne’s independent theatre community.
You’re unlikely to have an experience that’s even similar to that of the person sitting next to you. Be OK with that.
It’s wonderful to see the MTC supporting artists in the development of new works and this particular piece is a bold choice to nurture.
Gunn has become a demigod of the indie theatre scene.
Contains coarse language, adult themes, nudity and strobe effects. Recommended for ages 16+. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.
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