World Problems

3 May — 22 May 2024

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

World Problems is both comical and terrifying, gripping and cathartic. A solo time capsule catapulting across the ages, it seamlessly merges the most private and intimate reflections with a world-spanning perspective.

Approx. 1 hour with no interval

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World Problems is part of our acclaimed Education & Families Program. 

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‘At once reflective and genuine.’

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ABOUT THE SHOW

A woman summons up her childhood with an intensity so visceral it seems to be playing out in front of us. But as her memories draw closer to the present, the space between the personal and the speculative grows ever more blurry. Where do you end, and everything else begins?

An elegy for the future we’re yet to inherit, World Problems is both comical and terrifying, gripping and cathartic. A solo time capsule catapulting across the ages, it seamlessly merges the most private and intimate reflections with a world-spanning perspective.

Theatre maker Emma Mary Hall has cemented a reputation for herself as one of the most astute and insightful observers of the shape of things to come, blending a poetic sensibility with rigorous attention to global and historical matters.

Performed with vivid physicality by Carly Sheppard, directed by Cassandra Fumi (Associate Director, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol) and designed by Dann Barber (Bloom), World Problems trains a microscope on one soul to chart the future of all humanity.

World Problems embarks on a regional tour 24 May–7 June. Learn more.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Thursday 9 May at 1pm
Tactile Tour
at venue
Thursday 9 May at 1pm (Tactile tour commences at 12pm)
Open Captioning
via screen
Date to be announced
Auslan Interpreted
by Auslan Stage Left
Date to be announced
Artwork for Carly Sheppard

Carly Sheppard

Performer

Artwork for Emma Mary Hall

Emma Mary Hall

Writer

Artwork for Cassandra Fumi

Cassandra Fumi

Director

Artwork for Dann Barber

Dann Barber

Set & Costume Designer

Artwork for Harrie Hogan

Harrie Hogan

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Rachel Lewindon

Rachel Lewindon

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Amelia Jean O’Leary

Amelia Jean O’Leary

Movement Consultant

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The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006