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YES

THE RABBLE



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Presented by Arts House and THE RABBLE

World Premiere

Wednesday 1 – Sunday 12 September, 2021

Previews
Wed 1 & Thu 2 Sep, 7.30pm

Season
Fri 3 & Sat 4 Sep, 7.30pm
Tue 7 – Sat 11, 7.30pm
Sun 12 Sep, 5pm

75 mins

$20
All tickets

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne


Warnings

Strobe Lighting, Theatrical Haze, Mentions and Imagery of Violence, Mentions and Imagery of Gendered Violence, Mentions and Imagery of Sexual Violence, Nudity, Coarse Language, Existential Dread, Loud Music / Sound.


Accessibility

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Wheelchair accessible.

Auslan interpreted performance
Thu 9 Sep, 7.30pm

Audio described performance
Fri 10 Sep, 7.30pm

YES is an investigation into the dynamics of power, consent, knowledge, truth and the complexities of one seemingly simple word. This new performance work by acclaimed feminist theatre makers THE RABBLE is set within an ever-changing physical space, occasionally erupting with manufactured weather events, in which an audience watches two performers answer hundreds of questions.

Shifting between rite of passage, public debate and personal memoir, this unpredictable onslaught blurs the line between instruction, permission, philosophy and confession. The questions are relentless – even overwhelming – reminding us of the unyielding pressures of seeking answers and understanding.

In a world where objective and rational answers are more and more impossible to find, THE RABBLE seeks to disrupt our obsession the notion of absolute and singular truths, to disempower the makers of meaning and create a more communal process of searching.


“Almost everything THE RABBLE has made since it was founded in 2006 has been extraordinary.”
— The Age

“No one else in Australia is making theatre like this. Brave, tough, smart, unapologetic.”
— ABC Online

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A universal unforgettable masterpiece of performance art”
– The Times (UK) on Unwoman

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “An unforgettable masterpiece”
– The Age on Unwoman

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About THE RABBLE

THE RABBLE is a group of visionary women who have consistently produced bold, provocative and visually stunning theatrical experiences. The company has forged an unrivalled reputation for producing experimental theatre (Unwoman, Lone, Joan, Story of O) of the highest quality – theatre that interrogates the human condition through a combination of surreal and visceral aesthetics, and a feminist sensibility.
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Artist Statement

YES asks an audience to investigate their relationship to truth in a post-traumatic world. People all over the world are trying to tell the story of 2020. What happened? What are the facts? We are each having to contend with how to make meaning from collective trauma. The bushfires, COVID-19, The Black Lives Matters protests, transphobia, and never-ending conspiracy theories. The chasm between world views is literally and metaphorically widening. During COVID, as we are separated from physical truths and experiences, we are ever more reliant on other sources for understanding: journalists, politicians, scientists, medical professionals, fire fighters, the police. But we know these institutions are easily corruptible; by money, power, elections or notions of “trying to protect the public” or “doing the right thing”. So what happens if we abandon the structures of authority? Is it possible to understand the world where multiple conflicting ideas are all true at once? Where meaning is shaped not by single experts and authorities, but by communities of ideas? This piece seeks to investigate systems of knowledge, their biases and their strengths in order to understand how we might tell stories in a post-traumatic world where the most basic of facts are contested. We want to disempower the makers of meaning (the leaders of patriarchal structures – medicine, science, politics, media) that filter and decide how trauma is portrayed. Instead, we want to create a more communal process of searching. THE RABBLE aren’t experts. We are not seeking answers to these massive problems. Just methods to disrupt structures and ways to ask questions.
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Artist Credits


Co-Creators and Co-Directors - Emma Valente & Kate Davis

Set and Costume Design - Kate Davis 

Lighting and Sound Design / Composition – Emma Valente

Performers - Dana Miltins & Mary Helen Sassman

Stage Manager - Cassandra Fumi 

Production Manager - Rebecca Etchell

Produced by Performing Lines

Supported by – co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and RISING.

Image: Pier Carthew