1 and 2 October 2020
Running time: 45 mins, no interval
Suitable for ages 16 years +
Contains strobe effects, theatrical haze and mental health themes
Philosopher: The world is simple and life is simple too.
Youth: How? Anyone can see that it’s a chaotic mass of contradictions.
Philosopher: That is not because the world is complicated. It is because you are making the world complicated
– The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro and Fumitake
Exciting new director and contemporary dancer Natsuko Yonezawa delves deep into the psyche of Hikikomori – a phenomenon born in Japan and rapidly spreading worldwide, that describes people who choose to be socially and physically withdrawn.
Utilising physical theatre and live sound composition, Mess plays with shadows and light found in isolation and self-made mess.
Miriam Slater, Marlene Radice and Christopher Carroll explore their unique experiences of solitude within this framework, making this uniquely experimental show completely defined by the people in it. Together they navigate the joy and shame of choosing to be isolated.
Due to social distancing and venue capacity requirements, seat selection is not available for this performance. By purchasing tickets to this event, you acknowledge that you will be assigned to the best seating available.
Cast and crew
Natsuko is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist who works with performance (dance), video, digital media (VR & AR) and visual arts. Her work uses a range of different creative disciplines to create immersive and unique performance and multimedia works. Her work is inspired by social issues and offers the audience an opportunity to view these issues from different perspectives and environments.
Chenoeh is an advocate for the arts in Canberra. As the director of Little Dove Theatre Art, she believes in creating shows and events that truly connect with audiences. Chenoeh is a Live Programs Officer at Belco Arts and the producer of Mess. Her works have played to sold-out audiences at home and abroad and have received multiple 5-star reviews, awards and grants including a Herald Angel Award and Scotland on Sunday’s Best Director Award for Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall and, most recently, for her show Evangeline in 2019 (Best Circus/Physical Theatre Award at the Adelaide Fringe; NIDA Director of the Year Award, Best in Theatre Award and Festival Director’s Award at Sydney Fringe).
Christopher Samuel Carroll
Christopher is an actor, writer and theatre maker, trained at Trinity College Dublin, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Since moving to Canberra, he has become one of the city’s most prolific and celebrated performers, in 2019 receiving the inaugural Helen Tsongas award for Excellence in Acting, for roles in Twelfth Night, Icarus, Howie the Rookie, and Metamorphosis. His wordless physical odyssey, Icarus, debuted at The Blue Room, Perth, with the support of artsACT, winning the Fringe World Overall Award for Dance and Physical Theatre, before returning for a critically acclaimed season at The Street Theatre in February 2019.
Miriam is a multidisciplinary artist, primarily utilising comedy, physical theatre, and poetry. Interested in the innate desire that humans have to belong as well as to rebel, Miriam approaches creating with a strong focus on community, immersion and interaction. With an Honours in Visual Arts from ANU (2017), they have also undertaken training in areas such as Butoh dance and Action Theatre both in Australia and overseas. Miriam has worked with Little Dove Theatre Art and Shadow House Pits, and toured shows nationally through the Fringe circuit (Ophelia’s Shadow, 2018). A founding member of Acoustic Theatre and half of the comedy duo Sweaty Pits, Miriam uses their diverse creative platforms to open discussions around connectivity, queer expression, and performance activism.
Marlēné Claudine Radice
Marlene is an Australian composer who specialises in notated electroacoustic composition by exploring how art and sound compliment one another. Taking recorded sounds away from their original sources, she processes and manipulates these into new musical structures. Raw industrial noises, looped voices and hypnotic soundscapes are layered to create a nuanced and original sound. Her creative practice primarily deals with the identity politics of queer femme bodies.
byrd works in an ongoing capacity as a freelance muralist, producing signage and murals from the domestic to commercial in scale as well as producing compositions of his own in public spaces. byrd’s studio practice surveys a re-claim and reuse agenda, made evident in the ornamental surfacing and resurfacing of walls and other historied grounds (both built and found), with an accumulated library of marks, patterns and icons. byrd has works held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection, the ARTBANK collection, Craft ACT and various private collections both locally and abroad.
Linda graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has worked between Perth and Canberra for companies such as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, Black Swan Theatre Company, Canberra Youth Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, and the National Folk Festival. She has worked for companies such as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (WA) and at The Street Theatre, Canberra. Linda’s first love of theatre is Lighting Design; some of her designs include The Iliad, 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age, Under Sedation, The Weight of Light, War of the Worlds and Jigsaw Theatre’s Blue Roof. Linda is Belco Arts’ Technical Manager.