Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Modern International Dead | Victorian Première

The Modern International Dead 
by Damien Millar
by special arrangement with Damien Millar and Currency Press
A fundraising season for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The play Damien Millar has written from his research into international peacekeeping is funny, irreverent, passionate and provocative.
- The Sydney Morning Herald

an enthralling, insightful and troubling work
- Daily Telegraph
WINNER: WA and NSW Premier’s Book Awards for Best Play (2008)

Green Room Award winning independent theatre company Act-O-Matic 3000 is proud to present the Victorian première of The Modern International Dead. All proceeds from this production will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), an independent and non-federal government funded human rights organisation.

Based on the interviews of Australians engaged with international peacekeeping, The Modern International Dead is a compelling and thought-provoking work of documentary theatre. Against a backdrop of miraculous visions and terrible repercussions in Rwanda, secret facilities in Iraq, land-mines in Cambodia and political cleansing in East Timor comes three astonishing stories of Australians who set out to bring relief and assistance to a troubled world. But when politics impedes progress and reality shatters aspiration, what motivates these individuals to risk their lives and go back again?

Richly infused with intelligence and wit, The Modern International Dead gives an honest account of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations - a soldier turned humanitarian aid worker, a biochemist turned weapons inspector, and a novitiate sister turned therapist.

Winner of both the WA and NSW Premier’s Book Awards for Best Play and Sydney Theatre Award Best New Australian Work (2008), Damien Millar’s play is a perfect artistic vehicle for a fundraising season for the ASRC. The ASRC is an independent organisation that often deals with the human consequences of global conflicts, some of which are featured in The Modern International Dead.

Directed by David Passmore
featuring Nadia Tracy, Dan Walls and Brett Whittingham

Lighting Design & Technical Operator: Lindon Blakey
Audio Design: Craig Tracy
Set Design: Carmel Iudica
Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre,

WEEK ONE: Wed 14 Nov (Preview), Thurs 15 (Opening), Sat 16 & Sun Matinee 18 Nov (no show Friday 16 Nov)

WEEK TWO: Tues 20 – Sat 24 Nov
All shows commence 8pm (except Sunday Matinee 4pm)

$25 Full
$15 Concession (pension, f/t student, MEAA) & Preview
Pay what you can Tues 20th Nov (door sales only)

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