OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps the moment before our own extinction.
The advent of fuel-based plastics has revolutionised the industrial world. In 2018 there is no area of manufacturing untouched by plastics.
We are the plastic generation.
The carbon tax is gone, we have continued government resistance to renewable energy and Trump has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement.
Is it any wonder we are losing hope?
Blending lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama, OIL BABIES weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.
Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and ultimately, our lack of respect for it.
Presented by Lab Kelpie & Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Written & Directed by PETRA KALIVE
This production of OIL BABIES opened at Northcote Town Hall on Wednesday 8 August 2018.
Set Designer ANDREW BAILEY
Sound Design & Compositions DARIUS KEDROS
Lighting Designer LISA MIBUS
Movement Consultant XANTHE BEESLEY
Assistant Director LYALL BROOKS
Producer ADAM FAWCETT
JODIE LE VESCONTE
Oil Babies had a showing at La Mama in 2015 as part of their explorations season. Performed by Petra Kalive, Xanthe Beesley and Catherine Glavicic.
Photography by Sarah Walker
The Execution of All Things
We live in peril of ourselves
Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, The Execution Of All Things will explore action, consequence and regret.
Petra partners with Patrick White Nominee Playwright Anna Barnes.
Antigone has been sentenced to death. She sits in her tomb, buried alive. Her hands are bloodied, her nails torn from trying to escape, to scratch her way out. She is exhausted and alone. Was sacrificing her own life the right cost? What have her actions achieved? An hour ago she was so certain that she was doing the right thing. Now…
The Execution of All Things explores what it is to be absolutely certain, to be morally and ethically 'right'. A piece about history, compromise and compassion; do we seek to understand, or to be understood?
The Execution of All Things is supported by Mind’s Eye, Bell Shakespeare’s creative development arm.
Underpinning the public output of the Company, Mind’s Eye seeks out artists and companies in the small to medium sector to collaboratively explore and develop work that takes its inspiration from Shakespeare and the classics.
Inspired by the podcast from Radio Lab, ‘The Living Room’, Window explores the voyeur in us all. There is no denying that we derive intense pleasure from watching, comparing, getting caught up in other people’s stories or snatching a look at someone’s private life. We look over our neighbours fences, we gossip, we share stories. But what are the ethical implications of ‘watching’ the unaware? What happens when we can’t look away? Window takes these ideas and explores the complexities of the ‘voyeur’. It investigates why we take such pleasure in observing others and what we learn about ourselves when we do.
Drawing also from Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’, Window will display the action of two domestic environments simultaneously, visually one on top of the other. The audience witness two stories unfolding, that of the watcher and the watched. The watcher is a middle-aged woman who happens to notice that new neighbours have moved in across the road. Although she can see her new neighbours it doesn’t appear that they are able to see her. Thus begins an intimate one-sided relationship. She becomes obsessed with the minutiae of their lives – watching becomes part of her daily routine. What she doesn’t expect is to come to care for her neighbours and be so utterly changed by watching their lives unfold.