ENLIGHTENMENT by Joe Paradise Lui. Produced by Elbow Room
OF THE SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA BUDDHA
AND THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE MONKEY KING,
GREAT SAGE, EQUAL OF HEAVEN
Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy & FUSE
The most important human being ever born. The most powerful creature ever to exist. Somewhere in our city, they’re about to hook up.
Sid’s life is objectively perfect, but utterly empty. Meanwhile, Sage hustles every waking minute against encroaching poverty and desperation.
When they meet, and fall in love, it’s gonna change the world; and threaten the destruction of the cosmic order. (You know; that cosmic order that safeguards all those privileges that we so richly deserve.)
Singapore-born, Perth-based artist Joe Lui, re-imagines two characters from a towering story of his childhood – the young prince Siddhartha, and the magical Monkey from ‘Journey to the West’ – as young women in contemporary Australia.
Part romantic comedy, part crime saga, and part cosmic fever dream, ‘Enlightenment’ is a dark, hilarious and moving parable from one of Australia’s true renegade artists. Don’t miss its premiere production by acclaimed Melbourne theatre makers Elbow Room, designed by Perth artist Cherish Marrington, and featuring illustrations by renowned artist and activist 巴丢草 (Badiucao), the subject of ‘China’s Artful Dissident’.
Performed in English with Mandarin surtitles. 表演用中文字幕
Joe Paradise Lui – Writer, Sound and Lighting Designer, Marcel Dorney – Director, Jamie Lewis – Cultural Consultant, 巴丢草 (Badiucao) – Illustrator, Cherish Marrington – Production Designer
Performed by Merlynn Tong, Alice Qin, John Marc Desengano, Conor Gallacher and Emily Tomlins
Rose Pidd – Production Manager, Finn Carter – Stage Manager, Adelaide Fisher – Producer, Kevin Chian – Mandarin Surtitles, Samad Shiraz – Assistant Director, Catherine O’Donoghue – Stage Manager (WA), Hardik Mehta – AV Assistant
Image by Pia Johnson
This a COVID Safe event with limited audience capacity.
To ensure a comfortable and safe experience for our visitors and staff, we’ve introduced COVID-safe measures in line with the Victorian Government. Where possible, when coming to this event, please adhere to:
– Physical distancing
– Wearing a face covering before and during performances
– Register your visit
– Practice good hygiene
– if feeling unwell or waiting for COVID test results, please do not attend and let box office know so that they can reallocate your ticket.
Thank you so much for keeping us all safe and we can’t wait to see you at the theatre!
10 March - 20 March, 2021
Wed - Sat 8pm, Sunday 6pm, Sat matinee 2pm (Sat 20 March)
Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, 189 High Street, Northcote, 3070 诺斯科特市政厅艺术中心
Group of 4 or more $28, Darebin Resident $30, Full $35, Preview $25, Concession and Students $28
Auslan interpreted performance on Thursday 18 March at 8pm.
Sexual references, adult themes, coarse language and depictions of assault.