The Victorian College of the Arts presents Scenes From..., a double bill season, presented by Acting Company 2017 in collaboration with Production students.
The Boys by Gordon Graham
Directed by Alister Smith
Designed by Moya O' Brian
Inspired by the true events, The Boys is an unflinching examination of a heinous crime. Delving headlong into the lives of a troubled family splintering under the weight of dysfunction and the hopelessness that pervades their existence; The Boys puts us face to face with the nightmare lurking within the Australian dream. The Sprague family are a chilling reminder of the dark side of our larrikin, rebellious Australian identity.
The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson.
Directed by Luke Kerridge.
Designed by Sarah Hall
Lisa’s life has been out of balance. She’s been feeling sluggish, unfocused, apathetic…Then one day a mysterious man knocks on her door with the answer – Lisa has lost an hour of her life and must travel to the land of Dissocia to get it back.
Anthony Nielson’s modern classic is both a joyous and saddening portrait of mental illness, where Alice in Wonderland meets David Lynch.
Where: PS2, Performing Arts Building, Victorian College of the Arts, 28 Dodds Street, Southbank
Interval: 20 minutes
Falling Petals by Ben Ellis
Directed by Lara Kerestes
Designed by Tessa Robinson
Something strange is happening in the country town of Hollow—a mysterious syndrome that seems to strike only the young. The town is quarantined, schools are closed and fences go up. Guards patrol new enforced borders, but amongst the townsfolk denial runs deep. Falling Petals is a grim vision of humanity. It is a darkly humorous fable about the consequences of a culture of disposable youth.
Samson by Julia-Rose Lewis
Directed by Trent Baker
Designed by Carletta Childs
A small Australian town. The unexpected death of a boy. The arrival of a stranger…
Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are country teenagers looking for a release from their stagnant, isolated lives. They drink and play, sun baking under the hot Australian sun until the death of a friend forces them to confront questions of loss, faith, friendship and redemption.
Samson crackles with an underlife of emotion that the teens struggle to understand, as their dreams and their nightmares become harder to distinguish.
At the heart of the play however, is the idea of rebirth amongst the flames…
Where: PS3, Performing Arts Building, Victorian College of the Arts, 28 Dodds Street, Southbank
Interval: 20 minutes