Western Edge Youth Arts' Edge Ensemble returns this year with a reworked performance of CALIBAN, directed by Penny Harpham. CALIBAN will be performed at seven venues across Victoria as it tours for the first time since it premiered at the Coopers Malthouse in 2016.
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“an adaptation that wreaks perfect havoc on its source text, layering the urgency of climate change into its plot and characters.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ Theatrepeople
“Western Edge Youth Arts have done and continue to do remarkable work but the real accolades go to the Edge Ensemble for a clever thought-evoking message.” – ★ ★ ★★ ArtsHub
“spirited, vibrant and painfully accurate” – Theatre Press
“Caliban is pertinent worthwhile theatre… Go Western Edge!” – Stage Whispers
WHERE DO SPIRITS GO WHEN THE WATER RISES?
Alright, so here’s what I know.
My space, my peace.
Knew this place like the backs of my eyelids,
Could read it like a book, cover to cover, leaf to root to paw print to coloured flower and fruit.
Caliban’s island is sinking. Ariel is an artificial intelligence system with the power to save the world. But as she learns more about the people she was built to protect, she is forced to make a choice that could destroy them.
Exploring the battle ground of global climate politics through the eyes of those on the front lines, this brand new Australian work reclaims Shakespeare’s iconic character of Caliban and gives him his own voice in a world where only the richest survive.
Floating stories from Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Noongar country in Western Australia, Caliban is a dynamic and energized performance that draws from the past to question how we’re living in the present. Crashing between Shakespeare and rap, nature and technology, physical theatre and audio visual projection, this electric performance allows young people to grapple with Australia’s most urgent question: how do we save the planet if we’re the ones to blame?
Created and performed by the Edge Ensemble: Amarachi Okorom, Craig Gunguta, Ebony McGuire, Natalie Lucic, Piper Huynh, Ror Akot
Director: Penny Harpham
Writer: Georgia Symons
Set and Costume: Owen Phillips
Sound Composition and AV: Daniel Nixon
Movement: Amy Macpherson
Lighting and Stage Management: Jessica Hutton
Tickets and dates:
14 May - 11am The Potato Shed, Drysdale
16 May - 10.30am Riverlinks, Shepparton
17 May - 8pm Wyndham Cultural Centre, Wyndham
18 May - 11 am Bowery STACC, St Albans
22 May - 6pm Bunjil Place, Narre Warren
23 May - 10am Bunjil Place, Narre Warren
23 May - 12.30pm Bunjil Place, Narre Warren
25 May - 1.30pm The Wedge, Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale
31 May - 7.30pm Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura