BY EMMA HALL AND VIDYA RAJAN
“At some time in the future, and by future I mean time not yet past, the lights will gradually fade. The ground will shake. There will be a howling. Some time in the darkness. We can’t say how long. You may feel some discomfort… You may hear screams. It will be over very quickly. It’s a leap. You are all about to take this leap, together.”
Vidya is influenced by Hindu philosophy, which tells us that all life is suffering, the human story is the story of ego, and we are living in the end times. Emma grew up reading John Stuart Mill, and believing that if we only saved our pennies and paid our taxes, the future would be bright.
Inspired by American playwright Will Eno, the pop star M.I.A.,and the swirling mess that is anthropomorphic capitalism in a climate change era, Hurricane is a bizarre de-construction / re-destruction of the night a natural disaster came to town.
JOIN THE CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF HURRICANE
Artists in residence Emma Hall & Vidya Rajan are conducting a series of focus groups and interviews with people who have experienced a major climate event, with a particular focus on the 2010-11 Queensland floods.
Did you, or someone you know, witness or experience significant loss during through the 2010-11 floods in Brisbane and Lockyer Valley, or another major climate event? Are you willing to speak to artists about your memories of the event?
HURRICANE is a new theatre work looking at the impact of major climate events on group identity. What do major natural disasters do to our sense of community and self? How do humans build relationships with natural forces? How do cities? Does this need to change?
Face-to-face discussions will be held in both Brisbane and Toowoomba between 30 June -6 July 2019. Final dates, times and locations will be negotiated with participants. Contributions may also be made via phone or video call if a face-to-face conversation is not possible.
Emma Hall – Writer and Director
Vidya Rajan – Writer and Performer
Image courtesy of the artists.
1 July – 14 July
Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. She trained as a professional actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art. Emma has written, performed and toured two award-winning solo theatre works, We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark. We May Have to Choose was nominated for eight theatre awards and won five, including the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Theatre award at Auckland Fringe. Ode to Man most recently appeared at 2018 Brisbane Festival. Her third solo work, World Problems, has been developed with artists living in both Amsterdam and Melbourne, and will appear at Melbourne’s FortyFive Downstairs in March 2019.
Vidya is an emerging writer, comic, and performance-maker from Perth, now based in Melbourne. She has trained and performed extensively in improvisation and sketch in Australia and the United States. Recent works include: Sleepover Gurlz (Melbourne Fringe); The Fallout (Lonely Company); Genesis (Red Stitch); Last Night (WAYTCO), DeAr BeLoVed, A completely unified theory of you+me (TiNA); Aaaaunty (ASIATOPA); The Shubaratnams (VCA); Asian Ghost-ery Store (Griffin Batch Theatre Fest 2018, Melbourne Fringe Award 2015), and Friendquest (Best Theatre Nominee, Fringeworld 2015). Vidya has a Masters in Writing for Performance (VCA). Outside of the arts, she has worked primarily in community law and welfare advocacy. Vidya has recently been awarded a 2019 Malthouse/Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) Living Now writing residency.