The Workshop artwork

The Workshop

  • 24th May 2018 - 26th May 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Building 25.168, Performance Space

Featuring and devised with 2nd year Bachelor of Performance students: Tim Beattie, Jordan Evans, Jessica Gill, Ellen Houghton, George Howard-White, Bree-Anna Linsley, Sophie Napier, Ashley Wallis, Sophie Ward

Creatives & Technical Team 
Lighting Design team: Geoff Lee, Jess Henley-Sadgrove and Piper Gambuzza with mentor, Karen Norris
Sound Design: Justin Phan 
Sound/ AV Operator: Justin Phan and Jaime Peterson
Production Manager: Frankie Clarke
Stage Managers: Justin Phan and Jaime Peterson

'Everyone is a participant.'

9 performers take turns to crawl under the skin of a self-help guru, motivational speaker, cult leader, spiritual guide, swapping power roles at the drop of a hat, so that the leaders are followers and followers are leaders.

Drawing on our contemporary fascination with the Wellness industry: self-help seminars (Tony Robbins or the cult of Oprah), various 7 Step Guides and hipsters going on Ayuhuasca retreats, “The Workshop” playfully questions why we seek truth, the nature of reality vs fiction and why we choose to believe what we choose to believe.

Leave your phone and gun at the door.

Directed by Matt Prest and devised with 2nd Year Bachelor of Performance students, The Workshop comes out of an experimental process that is open-ended, intuitive and physical, and which aims to give creative agency to the students as makers as well as performers.

Director Matt Prest is an award-winning theatre, performance and live artist, who makes both solo and collaborative work. He holds a BFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation (COFA, UNSW) and has trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. He was a lead artist in the cross-disciplinary performance works: “The Tent” (2008 - 2010); “Hole in the Wall” with Clare Britton (2010); Whelping Box with Branch Nebula and Clare Britton (2012-14); “Running Up A Skyscraper” (2015); and “The Queen St Run” (2016). His work has been presented nationally and in the US. Matt has collaborated with companies: Branch Nebula, My Darling Patricia, Urban Theatre Projects and Artback NT and American comedian, Dr Brown. In 2012, he was awarded an Australia Council, Creative Australia Fellowship and in 2016, he was artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Centre, New York. Currently he is working on a new devised performance for 5 performers. Called “Dream Shake” it will premiere in 2018.

Season: Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 May 2018, at 8pm nightly
Location: Building 25.168, Performance Space, University of Wollongong
Tickets: $23 Full, $16 Con. $12 TAEM Students

WARNINGS: Moderate violence, strobe lighting, haze, loud sound effects