BINGO Unit Next Wave Festival 2012


Team MESS love two things – everyone and television.

For their new major work they combine the two by shooting a pilot for a new television crime drama, and everyone can play a part! The public is invited to participate in playing the role of the detectives in the show and get to the bottom of solving the crime.

BINGO Unit toys with the formulaic limits of narrative, where the story-telling is more important than the story. Filmed at sites across Melbourne during the festival, BINGO Unit will be screened as a back-lot tour at ‘Team MESS Studios’ at Arts House Meat Market.


Goodbye, CSIRAC

Goodbye, CSIRAC invites you to experience a retro sci-fi audio tour, leading you into the guts of the Melbourne Museum to uncover the true story of CSIRAC, “Australia’s first computer”. But watch out! As lights blink and paper tape whirrs, the forgotten history of female computer operators just might summon the mysterious Ghost of Computers Past…

A love letter to 1960s computing and sci-fi, Goodbye, CSIRAC commemorates the things – and people – we forget when technologies become obsolete.

Hiatus Next Wave Festival 2012


Hiatus is a live performance work propelled by recent and ongoing natural disasters. Assertions that we are now experiencing “the beginnings of a new kind of future in which mega-disasters are going to be more frequent” are both subject and inspiration of artists’ Fiona Bryant and Lucy Farmer’s performance – a guided bus tour to the edge of the earth. This is a bus tour with a difference. Its destination is purposely imprecise. One performer is sensibly riding the bus; the other is fervently running…all the way. Hiatus is a bold and refulgent offering for a broken world and uncertain future.

Impossible Plays Next Wave Festival 2012

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.

In Pursuit of Repetition Next Wave Festival 2012

In the pursuit of repetition (fame and squalor)

Kel and Alison camp out under Federation Square as part of an ongoing building process of accumulation. Each day audiences journey down into this lived-in space and witness a series of mesmerising performances that explore the pattern, repetition, similarity and difference created in the work. This work explores the extremes of our society and what we know about them. It is created from the perspective of the artists – the honesty of their experiences in relation to the themes of fame and squalor.

Liberate Yourself From My Vice-like Grip Next Wave Festival 2012


In the bowels of a ship, drifting across an endless ocean that has submerged the world, four men pass the time before they waste away, thinking of better days. Their claustrophobic world is one of violence and passion, guilt and nostalgia. They were once the elite of society – white, rich, educated, straight, Christian men – not subject to discrimination by anyone. Especially after they exterminated them all…

Multi-award winning company Mutation Theatre present LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM MY VICE-LIKE GRIP!!! - a confronting and brutal examination of power, masculinity and the fragility of our planet.

Monster Body Next Wave Festival 2012


A deliberately graphic and honest solo dance performance, Monster Body is the latest creation by emerging choreographer and performer Atlanta Eke.

Exploring a political imagination, life and death, dreams and consumerism, Monster Body is a saturation of the senses. It ultimately exposes the ‘monster’ that lies in the space between the dancer and the audience. As when an eagle and a lion fuse to create a mythic creature, this performance explores the situation of being in the theatre together, the relationship to each other and the space around us.