Melbourne Fringe showcases new digital works created by the Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance

In partnership with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance (CTP) presents three new digital works created in collaboration with some of Melbourne’s most exciting theatre makers.

REVISIT.exe with Marcel Dorney

13 - 15 November

+++WE ARE AIR+++ with Cassandra Fumi

14, 20 & 21 November

TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER with Born in a Taxi

28 & 29 November

Auditioned, developed, rehearsed and created entirely in the digital space, these works are the result of close creative exchange between Monash CTP students and award-winning theatre makers Cassandra Fumi (Best Emerging Ensemble Award for Dog Show, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2018), Born in a Taxi (Best Production, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2005) and Marcel Dorney (Best Writing for Prehistoric, Green Room Awards, 2014).

Monash CTP’s esteemed productions have been performed at Monash University, the Coopers Malthouse and at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. With social distancing restrictions affecting traditional theatre rehearsal and performance practices, Monash CTP has found new ways to create work, connect with audiences and expand our understanding of performance.

"Our students were presented with an enormous challenge this year to discover a new language for what virtual, yet visceral performance can be,” says Professor Stacy Holman Jones, CTP Director. “By demonstrating outstanding resourcefulness and inventiveness, these students have proven themselves to be the future of theatre and performance in Australia."

“The three performances presented by the CTP students this year are undoubtedly some of the most exciting events in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival,” says Simon Abrahams, CEO and Creative Director of the Melbourne Fringe.

“Led by brilliant Fringe alumni in Marcel Dorney, Cassandra Fumi and Born in a Taxi, audiences will discover how the artists have transitioned their award-winning artistic processes online with stunning results.”

Students will be supported with professional mentorship from designers Jason Lehane and Nathan Burmeister, and production manager Sophie Ashkanasy.

Explore the program

REVISIT.exe

Created by Marcel Dorney in collaboration with students from Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance

Inspired by the 1962 classic 'The Visit', this multi-platform digital performance reimagines Dürrenmatt's dark parable of justice and responsibility into our digital hall of mirrors. Faced with a ridiculously outdated assignment, an adventurous group of students create a virtual community that is soon tested by an agonising ethical dilemma.

Immersed in this world through interactive livestreams, you’re invited to question your own role in the collective and examine who we are when forced to make the hardest choices of all.

13 - 15 November at 8.00pm on livestream

+++WE ARE AIR+++

Created by Cassandra Fumi in collaboration with students from Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance

A theatrical experiment on Zoom about the digital self who longs to be real, or perhaps doesn’t, for being digital allows for far greater possibilities. Flying through breakout rooms with a new virtual community and with your very own digital avatar guide, you will enter the cyber planet of AIR. Go on a journey into the digital wilderness and attempt to embrace the wildness of your analog self.

14, 20 & 21 November at 8.00pm on Zoom

TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER

An interactive work for children created by Born in a Taxi in collaboration with students from Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance

Think the worlds gone a little crazy, kids?

Reckon you could do a better job than some of the adults running the world?

If you think games are more fun than the newz then this is the GAME for you!

Yep it’s online... but not as you know it!  Live, interactive, physical, from the stoopid to the deadly serious.

An interactive show about Democracy. Kids, show em’ how to do it.  The future will be in your hands…….soon!

For ages 9 to 12

28 & 29 November at 11.00am and 1.00pm on Zoom