OIL BABIES by Petra Kalive OIL BABIES by Petra Kalive

Event Details


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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.

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