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The Dispute

Mohamed El Khatib and Jackson Castiglione

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Australian Premiere
Presented by Arts House and RISING

Thursday 27 May – Saturday 5 June
Thu 27 – Sat 29 May, 6.30pm
Wed 2 – Sat 5 June, 6.30pm

60 mins

$50 I $45
Full | Concession

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne


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Children are often at the centre of families, but when it comes to divorce do we listen to what they have to say?

Based on the original production by French/Algerian theatre maker Mohamed El Khatib, The Dispute turns the tables on the common narrative of family separation. Six children take the stage to share their stories, questions and perspectives. 

What words do they put to the event? How do they see it? What have they always wanted to ask? We often view divorce as an untenable dispute, but what happens when we allow children to tell us how they see it? 

Each of the young performers has taken an active part in the creation of the work. Their observations reveal an intelligence and awareness that is moving, sweet, funny and insightful.  The Dispute treads a delicate path between audacity and discretion, emotion and mischievousness.


About Jackson Castiglione

Jackson Castiglione is an Artist, Director and Teacher working to make contemporary theatrical performance, screen content and podcasts often in collaboration with young people. His artmaking interests include developing conceptually rigorous ideas to realise highly original and challenging performances. He loves working with interesting people who may or may not consider themselves performers or artists but offer something to stimulate and challenge our cultural, social and political ideas and assumptions. Jackson has made work in collaboration with major cultural institutions such as the Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Inter-Film Berlin, Federation Square, Arts House, Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Next Wave Festival. He is also a co-founding member of Field Theory, working as part of the collective since 2009 and has also been a core member of pvi collective (1999 to 2010).

Artistic Credits

Director – Jackson Castiglione / Sound Designer/Composer – Kate Neal /Child Welfare Producer – Romi Kupfer / Producers – Erin Milne & Xavier O'Shannessy / Production Manager – Bec Etchell

Supported by –

Commissioned by RISING.

Produced by Bureau of Works.

Image: Yohanne Lamoulère