Impossible Plays

What if our dreams really did come true?

Impossible Plays is a performance based on the fantasies of four strangers.

Megan is a quietly spoken vet in Alice Springs.

Andy is a poet whose writing treads an uncanny line between fantasy and reality.

Douggie is a watercolour artist living in the same town as Megan.

Mushi is a tarot card reader who navigates the realms of possibility in search of a sanctuary.

Based on documentary interviews, Impossible Plays brings the fantasies of these four disparate people to life. From the apocalyptic to the everyday, Impossible Plays is an other worldly performance of our intimate ideals. It takes us through the looking glass of our private imaginations, into a world where we wonder who we are, and why we would ever need to go back home.

About the Artist

Alice Williams is a performance maker working between performance platforms, community art and critical theory. Her work deals in comedy, banality, imminence. Alice has tutored and lectured casually in the University of Sydney department of Art History and Film.
Amity began performing whilst completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts at the University of NSW in 2004. PACT Theatre in Sydney became the epicentre of her existence where she would create and participate in numerous workshops and shows. Highlights include performing in The Speechgivers, which toured to Brisbane and Germany for Under The Radar Festival and Explosive! Youth Theatre Festival, and was also part of Liveworks at Sydney's Performance Space. Amity has a great love of improvisation and regularly performs in Sydney at Whip It improvised theatre nights. Her artistic practice also encompasses poetry, music, and dance.
Chloe Hughes is a photographer and video artist. Her most recent project, Structures to move to (conversations on work) is a series of video portraits in which subjects discuss what they perceive to be the meaning and purpose of their participation in wage labour. The work diverts focus away from the constraining structures of contemporary workplaces towards the complex and diverse ways in which individuals attribute meaning and purpose to their lives at work and beyond.
Jane is a Sydney-based artist who makes theatre and live art. She has performed works across Germany, Scotland and Australia, and is currently the Co-artistic Director of Crack experimental theatre festival. Jane feels constantly seduced to play, push and poke fun at the performer-audience relationship. She likes to explore the intimate and the taboo within her solo work, and collaborate adventurously as a director and performer.
Katherine Beckett is a Sydney-based aboriginal actor and theatre maker. She was a participant of 2009 Kickstart, Next Wave program. She is the winner of the Ian Bowie Memorial Award and was shortlisted for the Yvonne Cohen Award for her solo work in progress Coloured Digger’s, which has been performed at the Dreaming Festival 2009, MCA Sydney, and the Coloured Digger’s ANZAC Day march in Redfern '08, '09, '10. She has a unique style of storytelling. She is currently an acting tutor for Belvoir St Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia.
Megan Garrett-Jones is an emerging performance maker and writer. She recieved honours in Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Performance at University of Wollongong and has trained with ImPACT scholarship ensemble. Her creative practice has included devised theatre with the group Team Mess (UOW, PACT, Performance Space), performance installation with collaboration Tiger Two Times (PACT, Melbourne Fringe, Performance Space, Tiny Stadiums Festival) and the ‘post-musical’ The Martyrdom of Emily Wilding Davison (2High Festival, Brisbane).
Harry Wynter is a writer, editor and producer based in Sydney. He has worked extensively in the arts and sometimes fantasises about studying economics. He is currently working freelance and writing a rom-com screenplay which helps him escape reality.
Sasha is a visual artist, film-maker and photographer working in Sydney. His creative practice is indicative of a new mode of expression based around free (as in Liberty) and open source methodologies. Constantly striving to shatter boundaries and push beyond the expectations of those around him, Sasha is driven to create visually astounding pieces offering a unique and contemplative experience for his audience. He is regularly collaborating with companies and visionaries throughout Australia, most predominantly in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Image: Chloe Hughes

Dates: 19-21 May, 23-26 May

Location: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne (tram route 57, stop 12)

Times: 7pm

Duration: 70 minutes

Ticket prices: $23 Full, $18 Conc

Bookings: Venue Tix 1300 30 40 72 or online (credit card only)

This event is also part of Day Pass 6

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Warnings: Smoke machine

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Video credits: Interview was conducted by Alice Williams. Video in collaboration with Chloe Hughes. Edited in collaboration with Sasha Cohen

 

  


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