Presented by Arts House and THE RABBLE
Wednesday 1 – Sunday 12 September, 2021
Wed 1 & Thu 2 Sep, 7.30pm
Fri 3 & Sat 4 Sep, 7.30pm
Tue 7 – Sat 11, 7.30pm
Sun 12 Sep, 5pm
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
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.
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
About THE RABBLE
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