Signal Boost: Octogenarians in the Melbourne Region Wanted for Theatre Project

The 18 to 80 Project

Developed through the 2013 director’s residency at Malthouse Theatre

About the project: Theatre director & writer Roslyn Oades is currently researching a new theatre project exploring the experiences of 18 and 80 years, and what can be learnt from these two very different viewpoints. Her idea is to talk to local 18 and 80 year olds (in small casual groups of 2-4 people) and make audio recordings of their conversations. These recordings will then be used word-for-word as the source material for a stage play performed by professional actors. The interviews will be fun and cover many subjects including loves, fears and dreams. Participants can remain anonymous and will receive free tickets to see the final show. They can also request a free CD copy of their recording.

The first stage of the project (Feb-June 2013) will focus on the 80 year and over age group. Roslyn is currently looking for interested community members to participate in conversation groups as well as community workers who may be able to assist her in this process.

About the artist: Roslyn is the 2013 Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne. She is well known for her pioneering work in headphone-verbatim theatre and has created two new works with acclaimed Sydney company, Urban Theatre Projects: Stories of Love & Hate in 2008 (STC Education season, 2011) and Fast Cars & Tractor Engines in 2005. Her play I’m Your Man, premiered at Belvoir Theatre as part of the 2012 Sydney Festival. I’m Your Man was nominated for two Sydney Theatre Awards and will tour nationally with Mobile States in 2013 including a season at Arts House, North Melbourne, September 4-8. Most recently Roslyn created a new site-specific work called Cutaway: A Portrait (2012) for South Australian company Vitalstatistix. She also works as a performer and community artist. For more info visit her website.

Contact: If you are able to assist in any way or if you yourself would like to be part of a recorded conversation please contact Roslyn: email rosoades[at]yahoo[dot]com

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2 replies

  1. Passing this on to my mother, who lives in a retirement community. If she sticks this on the noticeboard or whatever, there may well be some interested (and interesting) people.

  2. Sounds perfect, thank you.

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