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Permission to Speak

Chamber Made Opera

Presented in Season 2 2016

Presented by Arts House

7.30pm, Wed 23 Nov
7.30pm, Thu 24 Nov
9pm, Fri 25 Nov
2pm & 7.30pm, Sat 26 Nov
5pm, Sun 27 Nov

60 mins

Arts House
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Permission to Speak explores the most universal of relationships – that of parent and child – as it exists and evolves through a lifetime. This first-time collaboration between director Tamara Saulwick (Endings) and composer Kate Neal (Semaphore) pairs contemporary performance with musical composition to construct a revealing portrait of that which is often left unspoken.

Musings, diatribes, recollections and hindsight find voice as four performer–vocalists are fused in choral counterpoint with an assembly of pre-recorded voices, offering multiple perspectives on the contemporary experience of family. What would we say to those who brought us into the world? What will we say to those we leave behind?

Built from interviews with people of all
ages, Permission to Speak interweaves the complexities, parallels and paradoxes of this dynamic relationship – manifested through the speaking, sounding, singing human voice.

Text & Direction by:
Tamara Saulwick
Composed by:
Kate Neal
Sound Design by:
Jethro Woodward
Lighting Design by:
Bosco Shaw

Costume Design by:
Marg Horwell
Gian Slater, Georgie Darvidis, Josh Kyle & Edward Fairlie

Supported by –Permission to Speak is commissioned by Chamber Made Opera with support from Helen & Peter Murdoch and Sue Kirkham. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Chamber Made Opera is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne through the Arts and Culture Triennial Funding and Creative Spaces Programs.
Image by – Bryony Jackson