One of the integral limbs of the You Are Here program is the Theatre stream, which features an array of extraordinary performers from around the country (and beyond).
Ten short works by ten different artists and companies will be presented in back-to-back double-bills.
Alongside such lynch pins of the ACT scene as Hadley, Jay Sullivan and Freshly Ground Theatre, You Are Here is proud to feature touring works by performers such as Jess Bellamy (Syd) and the Landlords (Melb). Highlights from the theatre program include:
Baltimore writer/performer Ira Gamerman’s plays have been produced around the United States and Australia by companies including Washington DC’s Source Festival, the Chicago Dramatists and Fort Point Theatre Channel. He was awarded the Columbus Dispatch’s 2008 Best Play of the Year Award and the John F Kennedy Centre’s Legacy Award. Ira is bringing his solo show Dated (A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users) directly from Chicago’s Sketchbook Festival to You Are Here – dig it.
Glasgow-via-Sydney performer Phil Spencer’s autobiographical work Bluey re-imagines the absurd but true stories of his father: an RAF sergeant who served in Iraq in 2003. With the help of a three-foot chimp Spencer stages his father’s shocking and humorous tales from a summer spent in Basra.
Boiling the enormous quagmire of climate change science, politics and psychology into 43 hot, wet and confused minutes, Melbourne performer Tom Doig’s Selling Ice to the Remains of the Eskimos is part theatre show, part brainstorm-in-a-teacup, and part intimate storytelling session, offering a number of incomplete answers to the same curly question: How can we imagine the unimaginable?
For the rest of the line-up, and full details of the program, head to the website http://youareherecanberra.com.au and get amongst it!