Trigger warning: Sound element
Original Creative Work
Steamworks Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts & Performing Lines Western Australia
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Part noise concert, part improvised performance, Trigger Warning is a fearless new sonic study into the mind and body of a woman who survived the horrors of war.
In a world defined by our obsession with security and terrorism, why do we turn a blind eye to the 65 million displaced people in the world who seek our protection?
Fuelled with unpredictability and raw energy, this live and loud encounter written and directed by Sally Richardson brings together renowned performer Hayley McElhinney (The Babadook, Sydney Theatre Company’s War of the Roses, Mother Courage and her Children) with composer and new music pioneer Dr Cat Hope, and Lighting Designer Joe Lui.
Trigger Warning is an experience that demands to be seen and heard
From Director's notes:
...This work is inspired by the testimony of a friend, a survivor of the Balkan war, who shared with us her story. As she spoke of her experiences of a war over 25 years ago, what struck me is how her memories and fears have never left her: her experiences are as real and immediate today as they were all those years ago. This traumatic experience has shaped her life every day since. What is also striking is how it's through her senses that she is triggered back into this dark zone, in particular by the sounds she hears...
Trigger warning was performed at Pica Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Western Australia on 19th and 20th August 2016.
Written & Directed by Sally Richardson
Featuring: Hayley McElhinney
Music/sound/performance: Cat Hope
Lighting/performance: Joe Lui
Movement Director / Production: Laura Boynes
Dramaturg: Francesca Smith
Produced by Steamworks Arts, PICA & Performing Lines WA
Production photography: Gibson Nolte