Q fea­ture: WE WERE THERE

Tilted Projects proudly presents, as a part of the 2018 Mid­summa Fes­ti­val We Were There Con­ceived and de­vel­oped by Dirk Hoult and Gavin Roach

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Days of in­ter­views, months of de­vel­op­ment, years in the mak­ing, Tilted Projects brings Mel­bourne au­di­ences a pow­er­ful new piece of ver­ba­tim the­atre, We Were There. Per­formed by four tal­ented fe­male ac­tors, this pre­miere work gives a voice to 15 dif­fer­ent real life women. Who were there.

Telling Aus­tralian sto­ries by Aus­tralian women, We Were There of­fers a unique per­spec­tive of HIV and AIDS. It ex­plores the real lives and un­told sto­ries of the sis­ters, moth­ers, wives, friends, vol­un­teers, and med­i­cal pro­fes- sion­als who cared for those liv­ing with HIV and AIDS in the 80s and 90s. With hu­mour and heart, We Were There cel­e­brates the achieve­ments and sac­ri­fices of these women, and re­mem­bers those left be­hind.

“We Were There was born out of a de­sire to tell Aus­tralian sto­ries that rarely get told.”, ex­plain Dirk Hoult and Gavin Roach from Tilted Projects. “So of­ten sto­ries from the HIV and AIDS cri­sis in Aus­tralia fo­cus on a male gaze and we felt that this was an op­por­tu­nity to shine a light on a part of the com­mu­nity that have seemed to have been for­got­ten. It's a hu­mor­ous and sur­pris­ing trip down mem­ory lane for au­di­ences, with sto­ries that are still rel­e­vant to­day.”

Created in 2016 by VCA Grad­u­ates and the­atre-col­lab­o­ra­tors Dirk Hoult and Gavin Roach, Tilted Projects is com- mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing ob­scured and un­told queer sto­ries into works that re­flect our con­tem­po­rary cul­tural land- scape. The work is com­mu­nity fo­cused and shines a light on the lives of ev­ery­day Aus­tralians through a tilted lens. Their in­au­gu­ral pro­duc­tion, We Were There, is truly one not to be missed.

Directed by Dirk Hoult and Gavin Roach ~ Dra­maturgy by Alyson Camp­bell ~ Set De­sign by Alex Hiller ~ Sound De­sign by Con­nor Ross ~ Light­ing De­sign by Ja­son Bo­vaird ~ Per­formed by Perri Cum­mings, Olivia Mon- tic­ci­olo, Leah Baulch and Naomi Rukav­ina

23 Jan­uary to 4 Fe­bru­ary, 2018 Tues - Sat 8pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 6pm (no show 26 Jan) Pre­view shows 23 and 24 Jan­uary, 8pm Tick­ets: $49 Full, $39 Pre­view, Con­ces­sion and Grps 4+ Book­ings: 03 8290 7000 and on­line at www.tilt­ed­pro­jects.com/shows Chapel Off Chapel: 12 Lit­tle Chapel Street, Prahran www.tilt­ed­pro­jects.com

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