This week and next, I'm part of a group of artists donating their time to work on a series of staged readings entitled Asylum, around the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers attempting to make a new home here in Australia.
This has been a highly contentious issue lately, so Apocalypse Theatre gathered a group of playwrights and actors to develop scripts in response to the situation as it stands currently.
The readings started last night at the Old 505 Theatre here in Surry Hills, so the images so far are from the dress rehearsal of Block 1; but the shows continue this week and next, with a total of five blocks of scripts over the two weeks. Each block has between four and six short plays in it, totalling about 90 minutes each night; and you can see the list of playwrights & casts for each night here.
The first three I was there to cover last night were great - I'm really looking forward to going back four more times to see the other shows! I'm pleased to see that many of the nights have sold out already - but if you get a chance to come along, it's very much worth it.