CONTEST written by Emilie Collyer CONTEST written by Emilie Collyer

Event Details


Come to play, come to win or don’t come at all                                                           Relaxed-Performances_fw_-1ResizedImageWzYwLDYwXQ-wheelchair-light ResizedImageWzYwLDYwXQ-Auslan-light companion-card

I don’t know when I first saw it / In a memory, a premonition, or a dream.

It was a house and it was on fire / I was the house and I was on fire.

A suburban netball team. A new player. Cass says she wants to fit in but if she won’t play by their rules why does she bother coming at all? She claims to see something they cannot, a warning of sorts. All the other women want to do is play. But this player will push each of them to a point of furious revelation. Nothing will be left on the court once these women are done with their reckoning.

A sweaty play about the petty and the profound, the mundane and the mythic, Contest asks how we might be with each other if we don’t have to win.

Contest is presented in association with New Working Group and Bureau of Works

Written by Emilie Collyer

Directed by Prue Clark

Movement Direction: Nat Cursio and Alice Dixon

Set and Costume Design: Romanie Harper

Lighting Design: Amelia Lever-Davidson

Sound Design: Emah Fox

Script Dramaturg: Mark Pritchard

Producer: Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)

Cast: Alice Ansara, Natasha Herbert, Kate Hood, Sonya Suares and Emily Tomlins

Production and Stage Manager: Adelaide Harney
Assistant Stage Manager:
Harriet Wallace-Mead

Relaxed Performance*: 2pm, Saturday 4 August

Auslan Interpreted Performances: Thursday 26 July, Saturday 28 July and Thursday 2 August all at 8pm

Contest was originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. It was seeded through Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist Program, and developed through the City of Yarra Performance Investigations Program. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The production is supported by the Besen Family Foundation.

This is Emilie Collyer’s third work at Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy, following two successful seasons: Dream Home (2015, nominated for seven Green Room Awards) and Once Were Pirates (2014, highly commended Fringe best new writing).
A relaxed performance is designed to welcome visitors with disability or sensory sensitivities, their friends and families to the theatre.

It works to meet that audience halfway, giving reasonable permission for people to be comfortable as themselves, and relaxing the rules of theatre to allow this.

The atmosphere is ‘relaxed’, with some house lights remaining on during the performance. A chill out space will be available, if a break is needed. Enthusiasm is embraced and it’s okay to move during the performance!


25 July - 4 August, 2018


Wed - Sat 8pm, Sunday 6pm, Sat matinee 2pm (Sat 4 August)


Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall


75 mins



Additional Info

Content Warnings: Contains adult themes, smoke haze and strobe lighting effects

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