Premiere at ARTS HOUSE, August 2013
Something is broken in the world of PROMPTER. We are caught in the maelstrom of instantaneous reporting, playing the game of guess-what-is-happening-while-it- streams-right-into-your-home. The only story we can’t predict is the one that’s still unfolding.
Boundaries between media and audience are dissolving as an epidemic of performative compulsion spreads through bedrooms and living spaces across the globe. Journalists caught at the centre of the storm realise they have become the darlings of disaster and violence. Impossibly, irrationally, the collective gaze being funnelled back through their camera lenses seems to have taken on very real power.
PROMPTER is a work of magic-political-(quasi-science-fiction)-realism featuring the work of an interdisciplinary team of artists from Australia, Argentina, the UK, the USA and France, and written by journalist and writer Patrick Pittman and Hydra Poesis director Sam Fox. PROMPTER plays out onstage through broadcast, theatre, dance and performance art, and features an online chorus streaming from the bedrooms of the internet.
Writers: Patrick Pittman and Sam Fox ◆ Director: Sam Fox ◆ Lead Media Designer and Technoturge: Matthew Gingold ◆ Featuring: Allison Wyper, Dickie Beau, Jule Japhet Chiari, Brendan Ewing, Marcela Fuentes, James Berlyn, Tariro Mavondo, Deborah Robertson, Katya Shevtsov, Sete Tele ◆ Lead Set and Costume Designer: Tarryn Gill ◆ Sound Designers: Dave Miller and Kynan Tan ◆ Lighting Designer: Ben Shaw ◆ Design Team: Kynan Tan, Ben Forster, Steve Berrick and Ainsley Canning ◆ Production Management: Dave Primmer ◆ Mentor and Practice Consultant: Dicky Eton ◆ R&D Consultants: Stephen Sewell (Writing), Richard Fabb (Broadcast and Journalism), Pacitti Company ◆ Project Manager: Laura Boynes ◆ Producers: Sam Fox and Francesca Hope ◆ Assistant Director: Tarryn Gill
Arts House, Meat Market
Fri 9 – Sun 18 August
Fri 9, 7.30pm
Sat 10, 7.30pm
Sun 11, 5pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16, 7.30pm Sat 17, 2pm* & 7.30pm Sun 18, 5pm
Post-show Q&A: Thu 15
*Green Saturday Matinee Sat 17, 2pm
Full $30 / Conc $25 / Student $20
artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3713
Warning: Adult concepts and some nudity. 16 years and older
Image: Sete Tele