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Features — Saturday, September 21 @ 10:00am

Melbourne Fringe: For Our Freedom

Brunswick Street Gallery

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm each day.

For Our Freedom is an audio/visual experience exhibiting a collection of stories of identity from Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers, interpreted by multimedia artists.

This debut multi-arts installation combines storytelling, original music, dance and film into an exhibition to explore a narrative of cultural identity in Australia. As part of a projected collection of visuals and accompanying soundscape compositions from different sound and media artists, each piece of work uses a different spoken text from individual writers that shares their poetry and tells their stories.

Each voice tells a story of identity theft, traumatic pasts and uncertain futures yet carries a message of hope and sense of belonging to this country. A collection of spoken word poems from writer/filmmaker and head of the Wilin Centre of Indigenous Arts Richard Frankland and Somalian slam poet Hani Abdile are told in tandem with recorded spoken stories from Abdul Aziz Muhamat and Professor Munjed Al Muderis about arriving as asylum seekers to this country. This compilation of prose and poetry aims to highlight a shared voice of cultural identity in Australia, presented as an audio/visual narrative in a unique immersive installation.

The sound design and original music by Melbourne composer Jordan Gilmour intertwines with the spoken voice to magnify the meaning and narrative of each story and enhance the emotive quality of each writer’s work and is responded to by six multimedia artists to create a collection of short films and animations that are projected onto 4 screens to guide the audience through the exhibition. These three arts practises are intended to play with the audience’s perception of how a narrative is interpreted, shifting each medium from foreground, middleground and background to explore how each practise can carry a story.

All Ages. Alcohol Free.

Features — Saturday, September 21 @ 5:15pm

Melbourne Fringe: Passionate Machine

The Butterfly Club

Call mum. Buy milk. Cancel free trial. Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what if the future starts writing back?

Rosy Carrick has to build a time machine – because her future self has already done so and is now stuck 100 years in the past. Given that her knowledge of quantum physics is more Arnold Schwarzenegger than Stephen Hawking, Rosy must summon the help of science’s greatest minds if she is to rewrite history and save herself…

Darting playfully between multiple narratives, this complex and original performance explores the realities of time travel and self-determination – taking in Bowie, motherhood and some most heinous hangovers along the way.

Winner of the Best New Play Award 2018 (Brighton Fringe) and The Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence 2018 (Edinburgh Fringe), Passionate Machine is a hilarious and searingly honest UK smash-hit about obsession, salvation and finding yourself – literally.

A truly fascinating and empowering piece – ★★★★’ Broadway World

‘Surprising, audacious, original. Superb – ★★★★’ Edinburghfestival.org

‘Playful, engaging, refreshing – ★★★★’ The List

‘A narrative of obsession with a clever and destabilising time-travelling framework, bags of wit and enormous heart… Carrick has crafted something genuinely one of a kind’ Exeunt

‘Gorgeously crafted, clever and uplifting, it is a deeply original take on autobiography, unlike anything I’ve seen before’ Velvet Box Office

‘Elegant, delightful, heartbreakingly beautiful’ Total Theatre

‘Excellent show – this is fresh writing at its very best’ Fringe Review

‘Intelligent, articulate & funny… an entertaining hour full of warmth and compassion’ The Scotsman