Permission to Speak
Chamber Made Opera
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.
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Sound Design by:
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Costume Design by:
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