OIL BABIES by Petra Kalive
A high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body.
OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps even the moment before our own extinction. It weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.
“★★★★★” Theatre People
“Intelligent, gentle, horrific, terrifying, and a work of great love and humanity. Oil Babies is the hit show this winter.” – ★★★★½ What Did She Think?
“Harrowing. An impactful, confronting performance. A fast-moving, relatable and hard-hitting genre, wrapped up in a highly-entertaining package. Definitely worth seeing.” – ★★★★ We Know Melbourne
“Oil Babies articulates the anxieties around environmental issues and transforms them into a complex and rich text framed by a highly visual and visceral theatrical experience” – Stage Whispers
Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and, ultimately, our lack of respect for it.
Written and directed by Petra Kalive and featuring an all-female cast, OIL BABIES blends lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama to present a dangerous, pithy and at times darkly comedic work that speaks directly to the concerns we hold now.
Writer & Director: Petra Kalive
Performed by: Kali Hulme, Jodie Le Vesconte and Fiona Macleod
Movement Director: Xanthe Beesley
Assistant Director: Lyall Brooks
Set Design: Andrew Bailey
Costume Design: Harriet Oxley
Sound Design & Compositions: Darius Kedros
Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus
Producer: Adam Fawcett
Photography: Sarah Walker
Relaxed Performance: 2pm, Saturday 18 August.
Auslan Interpreted Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August
Audio Described Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August. For an introduction to the audio description, please click HERE.