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Critical Conversation

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

Every second 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.

Details of the fifth session will be announced in coming weeks.

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.

Critical Conversation #5

Date: Monday 31 July
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
RSVP: We will start accepting RSVPs for Critical Conversation #5 in the coming weeks.
What: Details TBC
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend whether they have seen the shows or not.

 

Critical Conversation Mailing List

Want to be kept in the loop about future panels? Email harriet[at]blueroom.org.au to be added to the mailing list.

 

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.

Critical Conversation #3
CO3’s dance theatre work Frank Enstein and Emma Mary Hall’s Ode to Man were looked at in the third session of Critical Conversation. Facilitated by Humphrey Bower, the panel included Sally Richardson (director, writer & dramaturg), Joe Lui (writer, director & designer) and Lizzie Schebesta (actor & director). Lizzie Schebesta appeared courtesy of Professional Development Partner the Minderoo Foundation.

Critical Conversation #4
The fourth session looked at two new West Australian plays that premiered in Perth in the month prior: The Lighthouse Girl, presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Maiden Voyage Theatre Company’s TOAST. Humphrey Bower will facilitate the evening, with guest panellists Melissa Cantwell (writer & director),  Julian Hobba (writer & Executive Director of The Blue Room Theatre) and Clare Testoni (writer & performer) joining the discussion.

 

Visiting panelists appear with thanks to the Minderoo Foundation.

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