theatre works presents
by lynden nicholls
3 - 13 MAY | THEATRE WORKS | WITH THEATRE WORKS
by lynden nicholls
As Australia engages with the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Theatre Works is proud to present the inspiring and energising work, FACING UP by Lynden Nicholls.
This powerful production explores Australian Federal policy and attitudes towards First Nations people from federation to the present, delving into both the official history and the rarely acknowledged Indigenous protest. The Indigenous Voice to Parliament, a proposed constitutional amendment, seeks to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. If approved, this Voice would advise the Australian Parliament and government on matters relating to the social, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Voice to Parliament proposal highlights the need for better representation and consultation with First Nations people, making FACING UP an eerily timely and pertinent production.
FACING UP by Lynden Nicholls combines historical records and personal stories to create a compelling theatrical experience. The play presents familiar events, such as the 1967 referendum, the enquiry into Aboriginal deaths in custody, and the Tent Embassy, while also revealing lesser-known, powerful moments that evoke a sense of urgency for change and progress.
45 minute show with a 30 minute Q and A
Facing Up acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, their continuing connections to land, culture and community and the rich diversity that each community holds. Facing Up pays its respects to their Elders past and present.
Facing Up references some incidents in First Nations history that could be upsetting to some.
Suitable for a general audience.
DATES + TIMES
Wednesday 3 May | 8:00pm (Preview)
Thursday 4 May | 8:00pm (Opening)
Friday 5 May | 8:00pm
Saturday 6 May | 2:00pm (Matinee)
Saturday 6 May | 8:00pm
Wed 10 May | 8:00pm
Thursday 11 May | 8:00pm
Friday 12 May | 8:00pm
Saturday 13 May | 8:00pm
This show is a lock-out performance. No latecomers will be admitted. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you don't miss out.
Refunds will not be issued to latecomers.
20 at $20**
*Seniors, Student, MEAA, Health Care and Low Income card holders
**Limited to 20 tickets per performance
Trudy Fatnowna Edgeley
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN
Adam (Gus) Powers
EDUCATION PACKAGE Hermione Higgins
Deb Lowah Clark
(available on request)
MEET THE ARTIST -
Lynden has been involved in the arts for decades. First as a dancer and performer, then a choreographer and director. She has performed at the Malthouse, Theatre Works, the National Gallery and has created many theatre works in unusual spaces. Social justice is important to Lynden, as are environmental issues and speaking up for indigenous people and their rights. Lynden has lectured in movement/dance at the University of Melbourne and Federation University for over twenty years. For eighteen years she was the dance/movement specialist at the Melbourne Zoo. Lynden has been on several arts organisations and was a co-producer and presenter of an arts program on community radio.