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Af­ter sold out sea­sons at the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val and 2014 Mel­bourne Fringe Fes­ti­val, El­bow Room’s award-win­ning pro­duc­tion, Prehistoric, re­turns for a lim­ited sea­son at the Meat Mar­ket Stables in North Mel­bourne.

This blis­ter­ing punk theatre gig rips into our civil lib­er­ties, and our ca- pac­ity to re­sist. Set in 1979 in Bris­bane, Prehistoric takes us into the lives of Deb, Nick, Pete, and Rachel as they meet at a gig, start a band, and deal with the reper­cus­sions of fight­ing back against the sys­tem. Based on first- hand ac­counts of liv­ing, play­ing mu­sic, and mak­ing his­tory un­der Queens­land's no­to­ri­ously cor­rupt and bru­tal Bjelke-Petersen govern­ment, Prehistoric of­fers an icon­o­clas­tic and hi­lar­i­ous take on the piv­otal "punk mo­ment" that still echoes to­day.

“We grew up in Bris­bane in the 1990s, and ex­pe­ri­enced the so­cial and cul­tural ef­fects of the Bjelke-Petersen ad- min­is­tra­tion, which only ended in 1989. A num­ber of our friends and col­leagues still have scars from this pe­riod, some phys­i­cal.”, add El­bow Room Co-Artis­tic di­rec­tors Mar­cel Dor­ney and Emily Tom­lins. “Prehistoric's cen­tral ques­tion of how cul­ture - what we do to­gether - can re­sist the pull of au­thor­i­tar­ian na­tion­al­ism re­mains all too rel­e­vant. This is a story of a di­verse group of dis­si­dent young peo­ple find­ing them­selves in a fight against an ethno- cen­tric, back­ward-look­ing na­tion­al­ism, and it will res­onate with many young peo­ple to­day.”

Cel­e­brat­ing their 10th year in ac­tion with this sea­son, El­bow Room are an award-win­ning Mel­bourne-based thea- tre com­pany com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of writ­ing and per­for­mance mak­ing, in or­der to test and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween art and so­ci­ety, and the ca­pac­ity of that re­la­tion­ship to cre­ate change. They are re- nowned for their in­tel­lec­tual and artis­tic in­tegrity and con­sid­ered one of the lead­ing in­de­pen­dent theatre compa- nies in Aus­tralia.

Writ­ten and di­rected by Mar­cel Dor­ney and with Brigid Gal­lacher, Grace Cum­mings, Sahil Saluja, and Zachary Giles Pidd per­form­ing and play­ing orig­i­nal live mu­sic through­out, Prehistoric is a gritty, in­tel­li­gent, and per­ti­nent ad­di­tion to the 2018 Mel­bourne arts cal­en­dar.

WIN­NER - Best Per­for­mance (Mel­bourne Fringe Fes­ti­val, 2014) WIN­NER - Best Writ­ing (Green Room Awards, 2015)

20 - 27 July, 2018 Tues­day - Fri­day 7:30pm, Sun 6:30pm Satur­day 21 July - Per­for­mance and then El­bow Room 10th Birth­day Party 5pm Tick­ets: $30 Full, $25 Con­ces­sion Book at: www.el­bow­room­pro­duc­­duc­tions Meat Mar­ket (Stables) - 1 Wreckyn Street, North Mel­bourne www.el­bow­room­pro­duc­

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