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The Dispute

Mohamed El Khatib and Jackson Castiglione

Presented in Season 1 2021

Australian Premiere
Presented by Arts House and RISING

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne


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Due to current circumstances, Arts House’s presentation of The Dispute from Thursday 27 May until Saturday 5 June has been cancelled.

Ticket holders to performances between these dates will be contacted directly regarding a full refund. For further information or enquiries, please contact Arts House on 03 9322 3720.

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.


Post-Show Chat with the Cast of The Dispute

Following the performance on Friday 4 June, join a post-show chat led by The Dispute’s young cast, with director Jackson Castiglione, and Phoebe Wallish from Stepfamilies Australia. It’s a relaxed opportunity for young people attending the performance to engage with other kids from separated and blended families.



About Jackson Castiglione

Jackson Castiglione is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance, film, podcasts and public art. His practice regularly celebrates ‘ordinary people’ in the creation and performance of original works that are collaborative and process oriented. Guided by a sense of curiosity and open-endedness, Jackson’s work as a director and creative content producer championing community, the voices of children and perspectives that are playful, subversive and life-affirming. He has made and shown work in Victoria and Australia with major cultural institutions such as Rising Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne International Arts Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Inter-Film Berlin, Federation Square, Arts House, Performance Space and Next Wave Festival. He is a co-founding member of the collective Field Theory (2009-) and was a member of Perth based pvi collective (performance, video and intervention 1999 - 2010). He currently spends his time between being a father, partner, working as the Ensemble Director at Platform Arts and a freelance director and artist. www.jacksoncastiglione.com

Artistic Credits

Director – Jackson Castiglione / Performers – Eden Pham, Felix Ribbon, Hugo Lethbridge-Ford, Maya Ribeiro-McKinnon, Mila Lettau, Otis Glenn, Zara Nawaz / Sound Designer/Composer – Kate Neal / Video Artist / Editor – Rhian Hinkley / Lighting Designer - Amelia Lever-Davidson / Child Welfare Producer – Romi Kupfer / Producers – Erin Milne & Xavier O'Shannessy, Bureau of Works / Production Manager – Bec Etchell / Stage Manager – Libby Gilbert

Supported by –

Step Families Australia

Commissioned by RISING.

Produced by Bureau of Works.

Image: Yohanne Lamoulère

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