For the music lover and theatre enthusiast alike, EMPIRE offers an engaging night out.
The Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s has offered to put on a special performance of their gritty doco-drama for Council members and friends of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Tickets are $20/$10 at the door.
Written and created by Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s co-directors Graham Jones & Jepke Goudsmit, and performed by their twelve member troupe of actors and musicians: Drew Bourgeois, Frank Dasent, Angela Fieldhouse, Jepke Goudsmit, Robert Gray, Jola Jones, Graham Jones, Saha Jones, Lilli Pearse, Floyd Robinson, Roberto Quintarelli, Billy Ward.
Empire tackles the questions arising from the leak of the Collateral Murder video and hundreds of thousands of secret US State Department cables by whistle-blower Bradley Manning to WikiLeaks. The play draws an arch right from the birth of the “Idea of America” to the US Empire’s present day excesses.
To address these issues Kinetic Energy have gone to two of the most eminent and elegant critics of the Empire – the writer activists Arundhati Roy and Noam Chomsky. Two of Roy’s recent political essays are the starting point: “The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky”, and: “Confronting Empire”. Kinetic Energy adapted these essays for the stage and have laced them with Chomsky’s commentaries on the subject of Empire. Using contemporary documentary film technique, we have woven dramatic reenactment together with narration, video & audio footage, and live music.
The play demonstrates the company’s unique style once described by Richard Glover in the SMH as: “Different to anything you’ll see elsewhere.” And by Paul McGillick in the Australian Financial Review as: ”Work with the kind of conviction and focus which fists you right between the eyes.”
Limited seating. One night only! Please reserve your seats by phone or email. Pay cash at the door.
Tickets – Full: $20, Concessions: $15/$10. Phone: 02 8313 9014 & 0415 391 533. Email: .