High Stakes Utopia: Acting Out the Criminal Justice System

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Sydney Law School

LAW FOYER, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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High Stakes Utopia: Acting Out the Criminal Justice System

A bold evening of performance, discussion and ideas, featuring an excerpt from the celebrated arts project The Chat and an expert panel discussion.


The Chat is a unique collaboration between director J R Brennan and renowned writer-performer David Woods. Ignited by Brennan’s experience working as a parole officer in Sydney’s Long Bay Gaol, the work emerged from a series of performance workshops Brennan ran for ex-offenders. Created in collaboration with artists, ex-offenders and leading criminologists, The Chat fundamentally challenges our notions of criminal identity and asks the audience to play judge.


I was laughing, aching and close to tears. The Chat skilfully captures the impossibly fine line parole officers must tread…” – The Australian.


An expert panel will discuss the ideas presented in The Chat, including the role of risk and creativity in criminal justice reform, imagination and the role of community, and the limits of conventional approaches to criminal justice and offender management.


Panellists: Creator and former parole officer J R Brennan, actor and creator David Woods and expert criminologists Associate Professor Anna Eriksson (Monash University), Dr Carolyn McKay, and Chair Professor Murray Lee (Sydney Law School).


J R Brennan and Associate Professor Anna Eriksson (Monash University) are the authors of To Meet Yourself: The Performance of Parole in The Chat. The book will be available for purchase on the night.


Time: 6-7.30pm

Registration: Free, but registration is essential


This event is sponsored by the Sydney Institute of Criminology at Sydney Law School.


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Sydney Law School

LAW FOYER, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue

Camperdown, NSW 2006

Australia

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