J R Brennan
Presented by Arts House
7.30pm, Wed 27 July
7.30pm, Thu 28 July
7.30pm, Fri 29 July
2pm & 7.30pm, Sat 30 July
5pm, Sun 31 July
521 Queensberry St,
Adult concepts, coarse language, flashing images, loud music and violence
Devised by both artists and former prisoners, The Chat takes a dark and humorous look at the criminal justice system.
Led by theatre maker and former parole officer, J R Brennan, with writer-performer David Woods (Ridiculusmus), The Chat is an administrative nightmare of comic proportions where offenders become parole officers, actors become criminals, and the parole board is played by you, the audience. How and when should crimes be forgiven? Who gets to decide? What happens if they get it wrong?
Against the steely beauty of a heavily surveilled interview room, former prisoners share the stage with performers J R Brennan, David Woods and Ashley Dyer to build a new world order for ‘justice arts’ – a world of crime stories, interpretive dance and bleak, possibly horrific comedy.
Radically disruptive, The Chat transforms the theatre into a tense and liminal space where offenders stand on the brink of freedom, taboos unravel, and all of us are put on trial.
J R Brennan
J R Brennan & David Woods
Nick Apostolidis, Arthur Bolkas, J R Brennan, Ashley Dyer, Tye Luke, Nick Maltzahn, John Tjepkema & David Woods
Media & System Design:
Alex Davies & Nick Roux
Supported by – The Chat is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; The Australian Community Support Organisation; Malthouse Theate; and La Boite Theatre.
Image by – Bryony Jackson