4 – 8 February 2020

“I remember when I was 8 watching SBS through the crack of my bedroom door. I could see two women getting it on. It was a dangerous and exciting image, and I knew I should forget it… but instead I took it to bed with me. I remember promising myself each time: ‘this is the last time I’ll do this.’ I also remember not believing it, not a even a little bit.”

Woven together from intersecting stories of the queer experience, a performer tells a relational story that emerges from the intimacy and surprising universality of the queer experience growing up. In doing so, NEW BALANCE examines and constellates the moments that helped to form us and hurt us in equal measure.

What are the points of connection that the queer community have that straight people cannot? What formulates these points of connection? What makes them special? Moreover, how can we be truly self-reflexive within a community that is progressing, but still under attack? In tackling these questions, NEW BALANCE aims to create a space of accountability and recognition.

From the winners of the inaugural Midsumma & Melbourne Fringe Queer Development Award (Intoxication), NEW BALANCE was developed with mentorship from Nicola Gunn and Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

As part of the initial presentation of NEW BALANCE, we want to compile an array of anecdotes from the LGBTQ experience to weave into the show. We’re particularly interested in stories that intersect between the queer experience and the social model of disability. You can tell us as little or as much as you want, it can (and perhaps should) be totally anonymous, and ideally not require much set-up or back story.

"A hard hitting drama... a genuine, moving performance."
★★★★ THE ADVERTISER ON "INTOXICATION"

“A daring experiment in audience unease, told with poise and care.”
GLAM ADELAIDE ON "INTOXICATION"

ALL TICKETS
$20

DURATION
60 Minutes

WARNINGS
Adult Themes | Coarse Language | Sexual References

TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY | RELAXED PERFORMANCE
– The audience lights will be on (the theatre will not be fully dark)
– The doors to the theatre will be left open, so people can enter and exit as need be
– People can move around the seating bank
– The show’s sound will be played at a lower volume to reduce stimulation

Created by
CHRISTOPHER BRYANT, EMMA PALACKIC
Written & Performed by
CHRISTOPHER BRYANT
Directed by
EMMA PALACKIC
Sound Design & Composition
ROMY SEVEN FOX
AV Design
JUSTIN GARDAM
Mentored by
NICOLA GUNN
Producer
MORGAN LITTLE

Theatre Works & Before Shot present

New Balance

By Christopher Bryant & Emma Palackic