The Democratic Set
Back to Back Theatre
Presented by Arts House and Mobile States
3-7pm, Tue 7 Aug
11am- 1pm, Wed 8 Aug
2pm- 5pm, Wed 8 Aug
2pm-5pm, Thurs 9 Aug
No bookings required to attend filming sessions.
Sat 22 September
As part of The Other Film Festival
$12 / $8. Group discounts and festival passes available.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Award-winning Back to Back Theatre brings a visual soapbox to town: a 15-second timeframe, a grand theme of democracy and equality, and 25 years experience making extraordinary work.
The Democratic Set uses a custom-made film set; a neutral room with two opposing doors. Invited community groups collaborate with a resident creative team to create a rapidly moving series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits, with a live public ‘audience’. These are edited together into a single tracking shot through what seems to be a series of identical rooms. Disturbingly simple and tantalisingly strange, The Democratic Set shows how performance can, like democracy, allow people to be seen, to speak and to be heard.
From Bristol to Horsham and from Denmark to Castlemaine, The Democratic Set has generated performances that are insightful, funny, hard-hitting and heartfelt – but above all, deeply human. Join us to watch the filming and come to The Other Film Festival for a final screening of this unique collaborative work.
Original Concept & Set Design:
Original Set Design & Construction:
In collaboration with local community participants Residency Director:
Back to Back Ensemble Performer:
Videographer & Editor:
Supported by – Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia and through the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Carl Newland