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Documentary Theatre Making in Australia and Malaysia

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Studio 1 – Brunswick Mechanics Institute

270 Sydney Road

Brunswick, VIC 3056

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Join us for a conversation between David Williams (Australia), Mark Teh and June Tan from Five Arts Centre (Malaysia) on Documentary Theatre

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Leading theatre maker, David Williams (Australia), Mark Teh and June Tan from Five Arts Centre (Malaysia) have a shared interest in issues of politics, history and public memory in documentary theatre. In this conversation they discuss their approach and share with us the first steps of a collaborative exchange looking at history and conflict memorialisation - especially how these conflicts are intimately entwined with national identity formation - in Australia's case, World War 1, and for Malaysia, the so-called 'Malaya Emergency'.

In Five Arts' recent work A Notional History, left wing individuals and organisations once excised from the foundational myths of an independent Malaysia reappear.

Australia spent $700m commemorating the centenary of WW1 - three times the combined expenditure of all of the other nations involved in WW1. Is it surprising that no funds were committed to commemorating Australia’s two defeated conscription referendums?

With residencies, exchanges and public conversations in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, this will be the start of a multi-year collaboration to create a new performance project.

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