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Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams

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by Felicity (subscribe)
A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
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A reflection on modern reality


Are you feeling at all confused and disoriented by modern society?Do you find it hard to make sense of reality from cultures fabricated dreams? Welcome to a Millennial's neurotic existence. Caught between the fear of Earth's Destruction and identity confusion. This disorienting immersion will leave you with many questions.

Have you ever wondered what a Millennial is thinking? This futuristic generation has been speculated on for over a hundred years. They represent the realisation of many generations' dreams. The 1940s literature had them neurotic and controlled, 1960s and 1970s television had them in space suits. They have been imagined fighting for survival with the government with technology, with aliens. Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams holds a mirror up to these distortions revealing selves hiding in fantasies to avoid admitting feeling far more the alien than the master of space.

Why Go?
Interwoven in this production are unrelated interpretations of a three young playwrights' experience of the world. These separate jigsaws find enough pieces in common to create a cohesive environment that the audience is disoriented through. Millennials should go to feel understood; for all other generations it is a great opportunity to seek some understanding.

What to Expect
Confusion, Insecurity and fear lurk at the heart of each piece. There is a Brechtian lack of separation between actor and audience and the action goes on around. This makes the characters more relatable and the experience even more disconcerting as one is caught up in action. It is just as in life, amongst strangers on the street, we always hear the end of sentences, left trying to piece together the gist.

On Arrival
It is important to focus on the Wreckyn St part of the Meat Market address. Once we had found our way with some other confused theatregoers to the correct entrance, we entered a gallery space with artwork.

On closer inspection, the props visualised the hypocrisy of modernity which all three plays spoke to. I was drawn to post it notes arranged like the leaves of a tree. The description of nature, next to the rubbish man has made of it. I felt this set the tone for all three works. You will leave with your mind blank with questions you cannot quite phrase. This is a great night out for those who like to be set thinking.

The value
These plays cut at the truth beneath the sheen of fantasy that modern existence is drowning in. The audience is thrust in the middle and abandoned before the end of every scene.

The opening piece is Dawn Chorus in A Minor by Fiona Spitzkowsky. Fiona is a writer and theatre-maker with extensive experience in youth theatre. This work clearly expresses a frustration with a culture which is unable to value the beauty in what is before its eyes. Preference is for the digital version that in its very creation erodes irreplaceably the nature it represents. This sense weaves throughout the other performances and leaves you without closure. You feel strongly ay one character regret at time wasted on another's false hope.

Digital technology is artfully interwoven through sound design. The intrusive tapping of the phone is contrasted with a symphony of birdcall. There is the pervading question - do we really want all we are left with to be a digital echo of the glory of reality?

The second work Condo Osaka by Lewis Treston deals with getting to the truth. Costumes set up the idea of characters living through their fantasy worlds. When their conversation starts to touch nerves of reality, their wavering relationship begins to disintegrate. It is a relationship built on being two strangers out of their normal context in a foreign environment. Remove the hair and the spiderman suit and the truth beneath begins making stains on the carpet. This was a deep exploration of a culture of fabrication in which true feeling is often lost. Buried in the need to be accepted or considered interesting, The work speaks to the importance of authenticity. Lewis Treston is an award-winning playwright. His other plays include Pre-Drinks and Anita Elizabeth Jenson.

The third work Huge Indoor plant warehouse sale by Ang Collins is a cathartic outlet for those frustrated by the fake nature of modern society. You really feel the character's frustrations as your own. A student is interning at a horticulture sale but she soon has herself questioning what she can possibly get of true value from the experience. Do environmental concerns have value to people beyond gimmick to mark up prices to improve social status? Do relationships have depth beyond a statement of who one wants to try out being at any given moment? This play speaks to the narcissism and emptiness modern reality is built on. It ends with a cacophony of smashed plants, pieces further decimated by the conclusion of the first work. The violence is a welcome strike at all that is wrong with this world.

The plays star - Dana McMillan, Conor Leach, Adam Garner, Toby Blome, Clarisse Bonello and Heather Riley. They bring the characters to life with commitment and impact.

The Details
Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams will run from the 1st to the 6 June. Most shows begin at 7.30pm with one afternoon performance on the first of June at 3pm. The shows go for 90 minutes without an interval. Tickets cost $27-30. The space is nice and warm and close to many good restaurants. 2 hour parking is easily discoverable after 6.30pm and there is a small bar with drinks. Great if you arrive a bit early and even better when you need to unwind afterwards. You need some space to wake up from the dream and reorient yourself in the disparate nature of reality, before you step out into the harsh cold experience of it.

The Venue
Located in the Meat Market Stables in North Melbourne this interesting art-space is the perfect setting. It provides different spaces to move throughout as the narratives progress. The lighting and props gain ambience from the building's architecture. Purchased in 1979 by Arts Victoria, the heritage site is the perfect frame for artistic development to weave out of. The Address is 2 Wreckyn St North Melbourne and the entrance is near Arden St. There is a helpful map on the website

Meat Market, Map, North Melbourne
Entrance off Arden St


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Why? To make sense of reality
When: 1 June - 3pm-4.30pm 2 June-7 June 7.30pm-9pm
Phone: 03) 9329 9966
Where: Meat Market Stables 2 Wreckyn St North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Cost: $27-30
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Sounds interesting and different.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7972) 475 days ago
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