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Critical Conversation

Critical Conversation is a free event that encourages critical discussion about work being made and presented in Perth.

Each month, a panel of artists, arts workers, producers and critics engage in a facilitated conversation in front of an audience about work that has been presented in Perth in the preceding weeks. Following on from this, the facilitator leads a Q&A with the audience and panellists. The aim of Critical Conversation is to encourage dialogue, provoke thought and increase the level of critical discussion and quality of response to work in Perth.

The Blue Room Theatre bar will be open before and after each session for the conversations to continue.

The second session will take place on Monday 3 April and look at Complicite’s The Encounter, presented as part of Perth International Arts Festival, and Once In Royal David’s City¸ presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre. The session will be facilitated by Humphrey Bower, with Will O’Mahony (writer, director, and performer) and Sam Chester (theatre maker and academic) as the guest panellists for the evening.

Everyone is welcome to attend whether they have seen the shows or not, however we do encourage all participants to see any shows being discussed at Critical Conversation if they are still playing.

With thanks to Black Swan State Theatre Company, we are delighted to offer discounted tickets to Once In Royal David’s City ($36 preview price, or $44 in season) to encourage all Critical Conversation attendees to see the work. Details of how to access the discount will be provided to all who RSVP through the form below.

Critical Conversation #2

Date: Monday 3 April
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
RSVP: This is a free event, but RSVP is essential through the form below.


Critical Conversation RSVP


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Past Sessions

Critical Conversation #1
The series began with a panel titled What We Talk About, When We Talk About Work. Unlike other sessions, the first panel did not look at any specific works, but rather how we are responding to work in different settings (foyers, online, feedback sessions, media). This session was facilitated by Humphrey Bower (actor, writer, director), with Shona Erskine (choreographer), Emily McLean (director) and Chris Donnelly (lighting designer) as the panel of artists for the evening.