The Compassion Plays (Part II of the trilogy) was first performed at Gorman Arts Center, ACT in 2016. Its structure is based on the medieval ‘passion play’, which invites its audience to travel through different ‘story stations’ and interact with and help shape the performance.The event was supported by Companion House (for refugee survivors of torture and trauma), Monash University, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and community volunteers.
November 2,3&4, 7.30pm.
Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre,
55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612.
Book online at www.agac.com.au
A Wishing Tree. A traveling wagon. A magic doorway that glows and sings.The Wishing Tree is a street theater event about threshold experiences and change. Two performers gather passers-by into a magic moment, guide them through the Magic Gate, and invite them to look forward, look back, and reflect on thresholds in their lives. They share ‘fortune cookies’ in exchange for thoughts, wishes and stories that are tied to the Tree to bring back ‘home’. ‘Home’ is a collage installation in a CBD shopfront, which remains visible 24/7. The collage ‘grows’—is both giver and receiver, welcoming new arrivals, and becomes a growing document of the stories it gathers.
The venue becomes a project hub, drop-in and meeting place for the community.
Anthems and Angels--finale is in planning for 2022-23. It wrestles with historical narratives of transitions, exile and uprootedness and lifts them into a contemporary sphere. The finale is undergoing a process of commissioning theater artists and musicians to create a ‘Song of Exodus’ for the 21st century–including Covid-safe and online means of delivery. More details coming soon.
The Compassion Plays: production slideshow
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This creative conceptual development took place at the Street Theatre, Canberra, in April 2015. Writer/director: Zsuzsi Soboslay. With: Dene Kermond, Clare Moss, Kimmo Vennonen, Stephen Fitzgerald, Nick Tsiavos, Tim Meyen, Atti Turcsanyi, Timothy Constable, Michael K Chin. Dramaturg: Peter Matheson. Archives: National Film and Sound Archive. Thanks: Street Theatre, Canberra; Plankton Productions.
Copyright Zsuzsanna Soboslay, 2015
anthems and angels –3.37 minute HD
This film was created in December 2012, at the Street Theatre, Canberra. Artists: Zsuzsi Soboslay, Timothy Constable, Michael K. Chin; contributions from Tobias Cole, Ian Blake, Will Jackson, Stephen Fitzgerald. Set: Tim J Moore.
Copyright Zsuzsanna Soboslay, 2012