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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 panelists. 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 third session will take place on Monday 1 May and will look at Ode To Man by Emma Mary Hall and Frank Enstein presented by Co3. The session will be facilitated by Humphrey Bower who will be joined by Sally Richardson (writer, director, performance maker), Joe Lui (writer, director, performance maker) and Lizzie Schebesta (actor, director) on the panel.

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.

Please note, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s The Lighthouse Girl will be discussed in the next instalment of Critical Conversation on 29 May, and BSSTC is generously offering discounted tickets to Critical Conversation attendees. Details of the discount will be sent to all who RSVP to this session; if you can’t come on the 1 May but plan to attend on 29 May, just send harriet[at] an email and she’ll provide you with the discount code.

Critical Conversation #3

Date: Monday 1 May
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
RSVP: This is a free event, but RSVP is essential through the form below.
Tickets: Frank Enstein has finished it’s run, but tickets for Ode To Man can be purchased from our website here.

Lizzie Schebesta appears with thanks to the Minderoo Foundation, The Blue Room Theatre’s Professional Development Partner.

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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.

Critical Conversation #2
The second session of Critical Conversation focused on two recently presented works in Perth; 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 was facilitated by Humphrey Bower, with Will O’Mahony (writer, director, and performer) and Sam Chester (theatre maker and academic) as the guest panel for the evening.


Visiting panelists appear with thanks to the Minderoo Foundation.