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Implied Consent at The Actors' Hub

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Harrowing look at issue of consent based on real feedback
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Bryce Fenwick finds himself silenced in The Actors' Hub's Implied Consent.


Do we pretend we don't understand consent to push our own agendas or are we genuinely confused? It's a question explored in Implied Consent at The Actors' Hub, after more than 50 interviews were conducted with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

"The show gives a 360-degree perspective on what people believe consent is, giving an often harrowing exploration as to how they imply it," director Amanda Crewes said. "Many were nervous to talk about it Implied Consent presents challenging and diverse perspectives on where the line sits in such a grey area.

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Tyler Lindsay-Smith, left, Justin Gray and Quintus Olsthoorn explore unvoiced issues in Implied Consent.


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Implied Consent features Ashana Murphy, left, Glenn Wallis, Christopher Colley, Carlin Monteiro and Sophia Gilet.

"We take this unvoiced issue and, through real people's stories, show how implying consent to the small things can spiral out of control. This insidious epidemic needs to be taken back to the basics of care, compassion and tolerance."



Implied Consent is the second in a trilogy of plays from The Actors' Hub exposing a culture that needs to be redefined, following the subject of coward punches in One Punch Wonder. All use the genre of verbatim theatre, using the exact words of people interviewed.

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Things spiral out of control for Sophia Gilet, left, Carlin Monteiro and Justin Gray in Implied Consent.

"The actors aim to give as accurate a representation of the interviewees as possible," Amanda said. "It's always a challenge to present the material in a way that is engaging, especially given the subject matter can get quite heavy at times.

"We want to do justice to all sides of the argument, so all the stories need to be told. But how do you tell the big stories delicately and the small ones richly without distorting the truth in any way?"

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The harrowing issue of implied consent has been taken on by Ashana Murphy, left, Glenn Wallis and Christopher Colley at The Actors' Hub.


Amanda said the idea of using theatre to demand cultural change and the possibility of Implied Consent starting that change excited her. "We have allowed ourselves to be drawn into technologically-induced isolation to a point where we have forgotten how to relate to each other, perhaps even forgotten what it means to be human," she said. "Theatre is the best place to explore that because we go to see and understand ourselves to make sense of what is going on around us."

Implied Consent plays at 7pm August 17 and 18. Tickets are $30, $25 concession book at www.trybooking.com/XGVH. The Actors' Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

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Bryce Fenwick, before and after, in Implied Consent.
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Why? In this era of #metoo and the Saxon Mullins case in NSW, there is no doubt this production is necessary to highlight the need for conversation and the need for change.
When: 7pm
Where: The Actors' Hub, 129 Kensington Street, East Perth
Cost: $30, $25 concession
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