PASSENGER WILL PREMIERE in a season Thurs March 23 - Sun March 26, presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Footscray Arts Centre. Tickets will go on sale in late Jan. Put it in your diary.
PASSENGER WILL PREMIERE MARCH 23 - 27 2017, PRESENTED BY THE ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE AND FOOTSCRAY ARTS CENTRE.
PRODUCED BY JESSICA WILSON
- DEVISED BYJessica Wilson, Ian Pidd & Nicola Gunn
- SCRIPT BY: Nicola Gunn
- DIRECTION BY: Jessica Wilson & Ian Pidd
- PERFORMERS: Beth Buchanan and Jim Russel
- COMPOSER: Tom Fitzgerald
- COLLABORATOR: Bec Reid
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body as well as by the City of Melbourne. Passenger received commissioning support from the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Cowboy photo by JustinBatchelor. Woman image by Gerard Assi
Reality TV, game shows, advertising, new theatre forms; as artists, we asked ourselves, ‘How do we feel about having the real world fictionalised for us?’
Taking inspiration from philosopher, Guy Debord, we decided we want to “wake up the spectator who has been drugged by spectacular images”, to create theatre that opens the audience’s engagement with the world around them.
Our response is Passenger - a theatre work that takes place on board a bus. It is an overheard conversation between two largely unseen passengers, the real world outside framed by moving bus windows, and a dramatic filmic composition.
Set in the Docklands, Passenger is acutely aware of its physical context in the heartland of ‘the market’. We reference Western films with a central character who seeks to ‘right’ a market driven ‘wrong’. In a familiar conversational style, two strangers discuss the ethics of contemporary life, provoking a retribution crime.
Passenger subtly ‘frames’ the landscape as a surreal terrain comparable to the desolate settings of Westerns. Actions and images, largely incidental, take place on the streets outside. And the audience feel like they are inside a long take film. Listening affects how you see, and as ‘passenger’ you find yourself unknowingly seeking and interpreting.
This will be an intriguing theatrical experience that leaves its audience tingling and alert.
47 passengers journey on a suburban bus for each 1 hour experience.