We wanted to make a show about war.
What became ever more obvious was that we were entirely unqualified to comment on war. Despite our desire to engage with it through our art.
War Lounge is a show about how unqualified we are to make a show about war.
Audience watch, lounge, engage or relax with a drink as the performers confess and present their private reservations and public interventions in an effort to come to grips with the conflict between their own (sometimes embarrassingly) mediated experience of war and the desire to respond.
What resulted was a collection of rooms:
Each artist was given a number of pre-conditions, rules, to which their room had to conform:
These rules generated a loose gravitational pull which sought to draw these diverse rooms together, not on the level of content but on the level of form.
This is my first MUST-SEE Fringe recommendation for anyone serious about theatre, performance or art in Melbourne. It’s an astonishingly accomplished and mature collaboration that can’t really be categorised, and any description would just be a spoiler. It’s also one of those rare moments where I wondered “how do I not know of these people already?” Oh well, you’ll be hearing from them in the future.John Bailey, Born Dancin
Created by: one step at a time like this – Suzanne Kersten, Clair Korobacz, Paul Moir and Julian Rickert
Set Design: Christina Logan-Bell
Presented by: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2008