WHERE DO SPIRITS GO WHEN THE WATER RISES?
Alright, so here’s what I know.
Me. My island.
My space, my peace.
Knew this place like the back of my eyelids,
Could read it like a book, cover to cover, leaf to root to paw print to coloured flower and fruit.
Caliban’s island is sinking. Ariel is an artificial intelligence system with the power to save the world. But as she learns more about the people she was built to protect, she is forced to make a choice that could destroy them.
Exploring the battle ground of global climate politics through the eyes of those on the front lines, this brand new Australian work reclaims Shakespeare’s iconic character of Caliban and gives him his own voice in a world where only the richest survive.
Floating stories from Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Noongar country in Western Australia, Caliban is a dynamic and energised performance that draws from the past to question how we’re living in the present. Crashing between Shakespeare and rap, nature and technology, physical theatre and audio visual projection, this electric performance allows young people to grapple with Australia’s most urgent question: how do we save the planet if we’re the ones to blame?
Created and performed by the Edge Ensemble: Natalie Lucic, Ror Akot, Piper Huynh, Ebony Maguire, Amarachi Okorom, Craig Gunguta
Director: Penny Harpham
Writer: Georgia Symons
Set and Costume: Owen Phillips
Sound Composition and AV: Daniel Nixon
Stage Management: Jessica Hutton
Production Management: Sally Farr
Caliban premiered at the Coopers Malthouse 24-26 November 2016 with the 2016 Edge Ensemble. Original script by Georgia Symons, Achai Deng, Abraham Herasan, Piper Huynh, Natalie Lucic, Rexson Pelman, Oti Willoughby and Dave Kelman.
MEDIA & REVIEWS
“an adaptation that wreaks perfect havoc on its source text, layering the urgency of climate change into its plot and characters.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ Theatrepeople
“Western Edge Youth Arts have done and continue to do remarkable work but the real accolades go to the Edge Ensemble for a clever thought-evoking message.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ ArtsHub
“spirited, vibrant and painfully accurate” – Theatre Press
“Caliban is pertinent worthwhile theatre… Go Western Edge!” – Stage Whispers
TOURING DATES & TICKETS
14 May, 11am – Potato Shed (Drysdale)
16 May, 10.30am – Riverlinks (Shepparton)
17 May, 8pm – Wyndham Cultural Centre (Wyndham)
18 May, 11am – The Bowery (St Albans)
22 May, 6pm – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
23 May, 10am – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
23 May, 12.30pm – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
25 May, 1.30pm – The Wedge (Sale)
31 May, 7.30pm – Mildura Arts Centre (Mildura)
The Caliban Tour is proudly supported by: