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August 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SCUM is bad Shakespeare. SCUM is wrong Shakespeare. SCUM is anti-shakespeare, un-shakespeare, re-shakespeare. SCUM, hosted by the Melbourne University Shakespeare Company, is a multi-medium mini festival within a festival; featuring short plays, performance pieces, visual and video art, creative writing, music, and digital works.
There are six short plays being featured, with performances every night, while in the afternoons the rest of the art will be exhibited in the performance space. All of the works are inspired by the Bard in some way but seek to challenge what is considered “good” Shakespeare by twisting and manipulating it until it is barely recognisable. The focus is especially on creating art that subverts the traditional white, male, heteronormative perspective of his work. SCUM is a festival for art that would be looked down upon by those who have been making “proper” Shakespeare for the last 400 years.
“SHAKESPEARE?????” directed by Kassandra Tilley – a conversation about feminism & shakespeare
“Thy Body Bare” directed by Rhoanna Furneaux – one woman’s exploration of Titus Andronicus’ Lavinia
“An Allegory in One Act” directed by Isobel Milne – political satire following the Gravedigger from Hamlet
“Opheliamachine” directed by Madeline Kerr and Karla Livingstone-Pardy – a bit like Heiner Müller’s ‘Hamletmachine’ but… with no Hamlet.
“Mad Woman” directed by Hanna O’Keefe – God has made the madwoman. Now it is time for her to eat.
The Gallery will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5-7pm