They are the ones who remain. Pedalling for their own survival.
A piece about the environment, legacy, babies and of course oil.
Written by Petra Kalive
Performed by Petra Kalive, Xanthe Beesley and Catherine Glavicic
Oil Babies had a showing at La Mama in 2015 as part of their explorations season.
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.
By Kylie Trounson
Merman is a complex play that operates on a number of levels: the purely entertaining, the cerebral and the emotional. The play investigates the way trauma spirals outwards from a single point, and the form of the script uses a similar pattern to interrogate trauma, the psyche and psychology and how these interact. Its central idea is that without facing our deepest fears we cannot be free to be who we really are or desire to be. It offers a poetic, imaginative and contemplative quality that speaks directly to the heart.
This play has been developed by Trounson and Kalive under the auspices of the Red Stitch Writers Program, undergoing three workshop periods over 18 months, culminating in a rehearsed reading at Arts Centre Melbourne in April 2013 and work being nominated for the 2011 Patrick White Playwright’s Award.
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.
Melbourne Playback Creative Development
Petra co-led a Creative Development with Melbourne Playback in 2013. Here she explored improvisation, physical theatre, video artistry and personal story.
Melbourne Playback Theatre's Creative Development - June 2013
Cybec Electric was a series of 5 semi-staged new works presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, 2014
Petra directed Sue Smith's new work 'In the Kingdom of Cha' - a epic piece about female ambition, the history of tea and colonisation.
Adam Smith's Shame
Writer: Jane E Thompson
Development: La Mama Explorations December 2014
Adam Smith’s Shame is currently a fully-drafted play script, consisting of 3 acts and 6 main characters. The play fuses fashion Retail (Act 1), Wholesale (Act 2) and Manufacturing (Act 3) as the environment for the characters’ stories. The play begins with two local, personalised stories before it opens out, finally reaching the reality of our capitalist system within the global context.