Immersive live art
6pm & 8.30pm, Wed 7 Nov
6pm & 8.30pm, Thurs 8 Nov
6pm & 8.30pm, Fri 9 Nov
1pm, 3.30pm & 6pm, Sat 10 Nov
1pm & 3.30pm, Sun 11 Nov
6pm & 8.30pm, Wed 14 Nov
6pm & 8.30pm, Thurs 15 Nov
6pm & 8.30pm, Fri 16 Nov
1pm, 3.30pm & 6pm, Sat 17 Nov
1pm & 3.30pm, Sun 18 Nov
$35 / $30 / $25
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Content on vulnerability, illness and death. Recommended for people aged 16+
Arts House and our artists take every effort to make works that are accessible to all patrons however, due to the unique nature of The Infirmary this work is not wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions we encourage you to contact us on 9322 3720 and we will work with you to curate an accessible journey of Mere Mortals so you can get the most out of your experience at Arts House. You can also view all accessible works here and the audio described showing of The Infirmary below:
Audio described – 1pm, 3.30pm & 6pm, Sat 17 Nov
Enter a richly poetic experience, submit to the caring hands of others and contemplate your mortality. Set in a hospital ward, The Infirmary invites you to give yourself over to a uniquely sensorial encounter that considers life and death as science and mystery.
Can we ever be ready to die? How do we imagine our final hours? What might we feel or think at the threshold between life and death? Is there some value in practising for death?
Intimate, immersive and participatory, The Infirmary elicits strong, tender, awkward and revelatory moments within a ‘total care environment’. The first part of Triage’s Death Trilogy, The Infirmary examines the taboos of dependency, illness and dying – elements of the everyday that we rarely allow ourselves to reflect on.
The Infirmary requires courage, an act of trust. Hovering between life and death, between the senses and flights of the imagination – the reward is both vulnerability and insight.
“There are no lulls, no blips… nowhere does the confected mystery of the piece fade or falter…” RealTime, on Hotel Obscura
Concept, Creator & Artistic Director:
Artistic Associate & Key Collaborator:
Suzanne Kersten, Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy, Clair Korobacz, Victoria Morgan, Julian Rickert
Supported by – The Infirmary is supported by Creative Victoria; the Besen Family Foundation; Punctum Seedpod; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. It was developed through CultureLAB.
Special thanks – Wayne, Pablo Neruda, and Lester Hobkirk of Spotless Linen.
Image by – Bryony Jackson