Trigger Warning: REPLAY

An unforgettable genre-defying, contemporary music theatre performance thats blasts into your conciousness
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Trigger Warning grabs you by the collar and *respectfully* demands both your attention and your introspection (Perth Arts Live)

Part noise concert, part improvised performance, Trigger Warning is a fearless new sonic study into the mind and body of a woman who survived the horrors of war.

In a world defined by our obsession with security and terrorism, why do we turn a blind eye to the 65 million displaced people in the world who seek our protection?

Fuelled with unpredictability and raw energy, this live and loud encounter written and directed by Sally Richardson brings together renowned performer Hayley McElhinney (The Babadook, Sydney Theatre Company’s War of the Roses) with composer and new music pioneer Dr Cat Hope (Speechless), and Lighting Designer Joe Lui.

Trigger Warning is an experience that demands to be seen and heard.

Creative Team:

Writer/Director: Sally Richardson

Performer: Hayley McElhinney

Composer/sound design/performer: Cat Hope

Lighting Designer/operator: Joe Lui

Movement Director: Laura Boynes

Producer: Fiona De Garis (Performing Lines WA)

The sudden roar, the woman's gesture, the crumpling body, and the cries of the those blurred by fear. this powerful monologue by Hayley Mcelhinney explodes across time and space, her breath amplified, re-sampled, looped, beaten and played around by Cat Hope…what was someone else's story suddenly become real to me... (Sohan Hayes)

The final moments of the play had me sitting on the edge of my seat, ensuring that I did not miss a word that Hayley McElhinney spoke as the lights slowly dimmed behind her. (Australian Stage)

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much discomfort, so much revulsion in my life. And I think that’s exactly what director Sally Richardson wanted. I wasn’t meant to leave that theatre feeling warm or safe. From the moment McElhinney walked onto that stage, she had me....and I left that theatre drained and overwhelmed, and that’s exactly what they wanted (Pelican Magazine)

Timeline:

  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Performance Space 2016

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Images: Gibson Nolte

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