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YES

THE RABBLE

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and THE RABBLE

Wed 30 Mar – Sun 10 Apr, 2022
Previews: Wed 30 – Thu 31 Mar, 7.30pm

Season: Fri 1 – Sat 9 Apr, 7.30pm
Sun 10 Apr, 5pm

No performances Sun 3 & Mon 4 Apr

Auslan Interpreted performance
Thu 7 Apr, 7.30pm

Audio Described performance 
Fri 8 Apr, 7.30pm

Duration
90min

Tickets
General Admission $20
BLAKTIX $10
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.

Warnings
Mentions and Imagery of Violence, Gendered Violence and Sexual Violence, Adult Themes, Nudity, Loud Music, Strobe Lighting, Theatrical Haze

For audiences over 16 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult.

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

Read our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Auslan Interpreting
Wheelchair Accessible
Audio description

An investigation into the dynamics of power, consent, knowledge, truth and the complexities of one seemingly simple word.

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

 

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About the Company

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 the last two years. 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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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
Associate Designer: Emma Lockhart-Wilson

Co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix, RISING and Arts House.

Image credit: Pier Carthew

Image description: Two women sit side by side on a heap of fabrics in front of a deep brown backdrop. The fabrics are various shades of gold, yellow, orange, and white. The woman on the left wears a gold beaded blouse and a white skirt. The woman on the right wears a white Adidas hoodie with the string pulled tight; and an orange skirt. She holds a microphone to the mouth of the woman on the left. Each of their faces is painted a bold, bright pink.

 

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