What's On

What If?

Michele Lee

Presented in Season 2 2018

Refuge 2018: Pandemic
Theatrical event

7pm, Thurs 30 Aug
90 mins
FREE. Bookings required

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

Wheelchair accessible
Auslan interpreted

Hypothetical: What If? presents a fictional epidemic to a panel of real-life experts from the fields of emergency response, disaster and crisis management, public health and virology. Organisations from these sectors frequently use hypothetical exercises to plan and perfect responses to particular emergency situations – such as extreme weather, bomb threat or lock-down. In real life, these exercises are commonly realistic, interactive and moderately stressful for participants.

In this highly performative and humorous iteration of a disaster exercise, our unlikely heroine/assistant/presenter will navigate the key moments of a terrifying Melbourne outbreak with the expert panel, all the while wishing she was at home bingeing Hollywood trash in a cocoon of disaster denial. She’ll need you. You’re invited to help her reveal what happens next

Dr Julian Druce : Head of Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) at the Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
Steve Cameron: Coordinator of Community-based emergency management at Emergency Management Victoria.
Justin Dunlop: Acting Director Emergency Management for Ambulance Victoria and State Health Commander.
Dr Ines Rio: Chairperson NW Melbourne Primary Health Network, GP liaison at Royal Women’s
Dr Cassidy Nelson: Principal Public Health Medical Officer, Communicable Disease, Department of Health and Human Services


Concept and text:
Michele Lee
Dramaturg and collaborating artist:
Jessica Bellamy
Performer and collaborating artist:
Jem Lai
Sound designer:
Russell Goldsmith
Voice over:
Josh Price

Image by – Sarah Walker