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Lewis, R, Savages, Elizabeth St. Car Park, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Performance Practice]

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Savages is a confronting play that deals with masculinity and misogyny amongst a pack of ordinary young men. Persona Collective is an ensemble of experimental theatre artists that evolved from the Voice Theatre Lab, a laboratory that explored and developed rigorous and highly energized physical and vocal training methods, and this production explores dynamic physical and vocal expression in a unique performance space. Savages is a cautionary tale about a group of men who donít really know themselves or what they can become. Persona Collective is proud to stage this Tasmanian premiere by multi award-winning Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius. Itís a confronting play that takes a dangerous look at the pact mentality of ordinary young men. The story is based on the story of Dianne Brimble who died on a P&O cruise ship after it set sail in 2002, but this play has no apparent victim. Audiences are taken on a sensory journey as they follow these four blokes as they prepare for "the trip of a lifetime". The four men: Rabbit, Runt, George and Craze, all around the 40 year-old mark, are likeable larrikins who turn savage throughout the journey. The heightened use of language is juxtaposed with the animalistic and brutal nature of these four men. The text is visceral yet poetic. The conversational banter eventually turns into free-form rhyming verse that overlaps and interjects. Directed by Robert Lewis and featuring Chris Jackson, Cheyne Mitchell, Travis Hennessey and Leigh Oswin, with original musical soundscape is composed by Yyan Ng, Savages will be the second time the performance has been staged after its successful Melbourne season in 2013. Persona is both a performance company and a laboratory; it explores and develops rigorous and highly energized physical and vocal training methods, fusing an eclectic fusion of voice and movement methods to create a physio-vocal training aesthetic.

Item Details

Item Type:Performance Practice
Keywords:performance, immersive theatre, voice, movement
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing arts
Research Field:Drama, theatre and performance studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Lewis, R (Dr Robert Lewis)
ID Code:121811
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2017-10-16
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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