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Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands

Sipat Lawin and Friends

Presented in Season 1 2020

Australian Premiere
Presented by Arts House as part of Asia TOPA

Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb, 7.30pm
90 mins, no interval
Full $25, concession/student $15

Asia TOPA Arts & Politics series
Forum: Sipat Lawin
Fri 28 Feb, 1 – 2pm
Free, no registrations required

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Strobe lighting, loud sound effects, adult language, violence


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Audio Described performance Fri 28 Feb, 7.30pm

The biggest popstar of the Philippines has been kidnapped, and it’s up to a ragtag squad of fans to bring her back. They’ll brave rooftop chases, mystic rituals, knife fights in the back of speeding jeepneys and underwater shoot-outs to liberate their idol from a conspiracy that threatens to tear their country apart.

Over one explosive night this vigilante crew of pop obsessives, misfits and outsiders race the streets of Manila, careening between street beauty pageants, political protests, underground hip-hop battles and senator’s homes.

And then there’s the music: this blistering action epic is set to 40 years of Filipino pop, vaulting from 1970s peace anthems to contemporary Filipino hip-hop, from viral YouTube techno to iconic Pinoy power ballads. The fast and the fabulous face off in the dizzying thrill-ride that results.

A neon-drenched action adventure set in a nation on the brink, Are You Ready To Take the Law Into Your Own Hands has zero political relevance to current events. None. At all.

The Age★★★★ – ‘The talent, courage and urgency that fuel this all-singing, all-dancing satire of celebrity culture make electrifying theatre’ read the full review here.

Witness Performance –flashy, glitzy and energetic as it is intelligent, subversive and fun’, read the full review here.


Asia TOPA Arts & Politics series

Forum: Sipat Lawin
Moderator: Felix Preval
Speakers: JK Anicoche, Adrienne Vergara, Laurence Castillo, Arnel Mardoquio

The satire Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands is deeply rooted in pop culture, community and politics in the Philippines and Australia. This forum discusses how pop culture, theatre and politics are connected both in the Philippines and across generations and Filipino migrant communities in Australia.

Join us for this free forum at Arts House, no need to register just rock up. Fri 28 Feb, 1 – 2pm at Arts House.

Director: JK Anicoche
Choreographer: Jared Luna
Lights and Tech Direction: Roman Cruz Jr
Video Artist: Joyce Garcia
Music: J Laspuńa
Writer: David Finnigan
Stage Manager: Sigmund Pecho
Performers: Adrienne Vergara, Blanche Buhia, Brandon Relucio, Bunny Cadag, Ji-ann Lachica and Claudia Enriquez

Local dance collaborators: Efren Pamilacan and KIKI House of Dévine
Dancers: Mother Kiki Dévine with daughters; Nicole Dévine, Jada Dévine, Sheena Dévine, Pepito Dévine, Crystal Dévine, July Dévine, Sharnelle Dévine

Supported by – Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands is commissioned and presented by Arts House through the City of Melbourne, as part of AsiaTOPA through Arts Centre Melbourne, with support from the Playking Foundation.
Image by – Bertha Alejandrino Santos