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Wrecking Ball

Action Hero

Presented in Season 1 2017

Presented by Arts House

7.30pm, Wed 31 May
7.30pm, Thu 1 Jun
7.30pm, Fri 2 Jun
7.30pm, Sat 3 Jun
65 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Contains strong language, flashing lights & haze

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A male photographer is taking a photograph of a female celebrity. She wants to be reinvented. She wants to be For Real.

Wrecking Ball is about consent, power, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. It’s about the seductive power of make-believe. That’s not a real pineapple she’s holding. That’s not a real esky full of beers. Those aren’t her real thighs. Those aren’t his real feelings. But does the ‘real’ really matter?

In this funny, surreal and unsettling new play for two performers and an audience, Bristol’s performance mavericks Action Hero question who is really in control and how subtle abuses of power shape our relationships – with art, language and with each other.

Co-Created, Written & Performed by:
Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse
Lighting Design:
Jo Palmer
Deborah Pearson

Mel Scaffold

Supported by – Wrecking Ball is created, written and performed by Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse. Commissioned by the Spring Festivals Commission 2015: Sprint, Watch Out, Mayfest, Pulse and Latitude Festival. Seeded by greenhouse, a Farnham Maltings initiative, and developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, The Point, Eastleigh and The West End Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Image by – Action Hero