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The Venue - A Singing

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Minerva Space ~ Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

117 Sturt Street

Ballarat Central, VIC 3350

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You’ll be sorry you ever set foot in the place.

THE VENUE is an original cabaret written by Christine Tammer. It depicts the devastating effects of poker machine addiction in contemporary Australia. Themes of secrets and subterfuge, guilt, addiction and self-harm over a single day inside a pokies venue.

THE VENUE - A SINGING is an opportunity to experience the work at this stage before it goes into full production. Like the 'reading' of a play, this performance is pared back to reveal the depth and complexity of the songs.

The event will feature Welcome to Country, Introduction, Song Set, interval, a single channel screening of audio/visual work 'Random Number Generator' (commissioned for White Night Ballarat 2018), to be followed by Q&A with writer Christine Tammer and a little social time (cash bar available).

Brought into the garish nether-world of the pokies venue, the audience are witness to a battle of wills between individuals and their addiction. The master of The Venue is The Machine – a vaudevillian villain who embodies the temptations and deception of gambling. He is unwillingly assisted in his treachery by the staff of The Venue – whose group performance takes inspiration from the Ancient Greek chorus.

Christine Tammer has been writing this important cabaret for eighteen years and has self-funded the project to this stage. Tickets are free however bookings are essential. Donations will be received at the door towards the next production stage.

Welcome to Country - Barry Gilson proud Wathaurung Man

PRODUCTION TEAM

Composer/Musical Director - Christine Tammer

Film Artist - Erin McCuskey

Musical Director – Paige Duggan

Audio Tech - Rex Hardware

CAST

  • Machine - Nelson Mathews

  • Wendy – Georgie Williams

  • Jess – Ruby Rieth

  • Larry – Bill Winter Irving

  • Teresa – TBC

  • Staff (Chorus) - Barry Gilson, Kate Souter, Shane van den Akker, Mary Card, Anne Belfrage, Barry Kay.

PRODUCERS

Christine Tammer Music

Yum Studio

IMAGE CREDIT

Erin M McCuskey (Film Still from Random Number Generator)




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