There’s a searing honesty and beauty to the work of the Edge Ensemble, which brings together six young artists to make high quality contemporary performances.
The core performing company for Western Edge Youth Arts, the ensemble is made up of performers from Samoan, Vietnamese, Maori, Ghanaian, Croatian and Sudanese backgrounds. This cultural complexity strongly influences their work.
They weave physical theatre, music, spoken word, rap, dance and Shakespeare into unique performances under the mentorship of artistic director Dave Kelman and innovative director Tariro Mavondo. The result is electrifying.
Through a professional development program, the ensemble is mentored to develop broad performance skills and Western Edge’s unique brand of interactive theatre. Company members also take up roles as workshop facilitators for our community projects.
The Edge Ensemble current members:
Rex Pelman has worked with Western Edge on major community theatre performances. Rex is a skilled musician and a member of a hip-hop choir.
Piper Huynh has been a leading figure in recent major Western Edge community projects Chronicles and Fate and is also a member of our successful Playback West company. Piper is an emerging writer, actor and photographer.
Oti Willoughby is an emerging actor and rapper. He has recently performed in Western Edge community productions Random, Fate and Iago.
Natalie Lucic is a talented writer and actor. She has worked on projects with Platform Youth Theatre as well as recent Western Edge productions Iago and Scheherazade.
Achai Deng is a singer and hip-hop performer with the Phoenix hip-hop group. The Edge Ensemble is her first major acting role.
Abraham Herasan is an actor and theatre maker who first joined Western Edge as a member of the Flemington Theatre Group in 2011.
Book the Edge Ensemble
To book the Edge Ensemble for school or community performances or workshops, please call us on 03 9091 4725
For further deatails on our next performance go to Shows
Current Edge Ensemble
WHERE DO THE SPIRITS GO WHEN THE WATER RISES?
The Edge Ensemble have created an exciting new work….
Caliban’s island is sinking. Ariel is an artificial intelligence system with the power to save the world. As tensions rise with the tides, who will survive?
Exploring the battle ground of global climate politics through the eyes of those on the front lines, this brand new Australian work floats fragments of stories from South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Pacific Islands on a wave of dynamic energy that’s heading your way.
Original Show created and performed by the Edge Ensemble: Achai Deng, Abraham Hersan, Piper Huynh, Natalie Lucic, Rex Pelman, Oti Wiloughby
Directors: Tariro Movondo and Dave Kelman
Writer: Georgia Symons
Movement: Amy Macpherson
Music and composition: Callum Watson
Caliban premiered at the Coopers Malthouse 24-26 November 2016.
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
CALIBAN Touring Dates in 2018
Potato Shed, Drysdale, 14 May 11 am Book Here
Riverlinks, Shepparton, 16 May, 10.30 am Book Here
Wyndham Cultural Centre, Wyndham, 17 May, 8 pm Book Here
Bowery Theatre, St Albans Cultural Centre, St Albans, 18 May, 11 am Book Here
Bunjil Place, Narre Warren, 22 May 6 pm, 23 May 10 am and 12.30 noon Book Here
Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale, 25 May 1.30pm, Book Here
Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, 31 May 7.30 pm, Book Here
Further information & touring enquiries: call Sally Farr at Western Edge on 03 86584052
The Caliban Tour is proudly supported by
Past Edge Ensemble
Watch the waters rise on Instagram and Twitter at #CalibanSt
In the not-so-distant future, Caliban has left his island because it is disappearing under rising sea levels. He has come to Melbourne to search for Miranda, the girl he grew up and with and once loved. Now he searches the streets of the hot city looking for love and meaning.
#CalibanSt is a twenty-minute interactive street comedy by the Edge Ensemble that combines slap-stick, audience interaction, fast and funny poetic dialogue, and strange and complex characters.
Be a part of the story by posting thoughts and photos online with #CalibanSt. The best tweets or instagrams of the day, as judged by the Edge Ensemble, will win a $200 JB Hi-Fi gift card or second prize of a $100 iTunes gift card.
Iago Interactive has toured schools in Melbourne’s west in June and July, including North Geelong Secondary College, Footscray City College, VU Secondary College (Deer Park), Hume Central Secondary College and Manor Lakes P-12 (Wyndham) during June and July.
The interactive work takes selected characters and scenes from Iago, a radical contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, created by the Edge Ensemble, and performed in a highly acclaimed season at the Coopers Malthouse theatre in May 2015. Iago Interactive includes discussions of safe sex, pornography, male violence, women and men’s attitudes to sex and how to build respectful relationships. It challenges male violence against women and promotes respectful relationships through a unique interactive model that allows the audience to comment on, question and impact the outcomes of the piece.
Set in a fictitious boxing gym, Iago re-imagines Shakespeare’s characters as young people from different cultural backgrounds from Melbourne’s western suburbs. Expect to be captivated with this contemporary, fast-paced exploration of gender identity and sexual politics in a rapidly changing world.
Presented by Western Edge Youth Arts and performed by the Edge Ensemble.
Date: 7 to 9 May 2015
Time: 7 May at 7pm, 8 May at 7pm, 9 May at 3pm and 7pm
Venue: Malthouse Theatre, 115 Sturt St Southbank.
Tickets: Adults $28, Conc $20, group discounts for 10 or more.
MA 15+ Contains strong themes and sexual references
‘This vigorous contemporary adaptation of Othello transplants the plot of Shakespeare’s tragedy to a boxing gym in the western suburbs. It’s a thoroughly multicultural production – one of its pleasures lies in seeing an ensemble of young actors who claim heritage from countries as diverse as Samoa and Uganda, performing with confidence.’ – The Age, 8 May 2015
‘Tackling the themes of Shakespeare’s morally complex tragedy Othello is challenging, but this visceral and provocative re-imagining handles it bravely and delicately. A skilfully interwoven examination of identity in a modern multicultural society.’ – Time Out Melbourne, 8 May 2015