OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multimedia's 2018 season is bigger and more exciting than ever before!
This year, OCCUPY:TAM is producing four major productions/events:
- LGBTI Theatre Festival (29th-31st, March at the Blood Moon Theatre),
- 4 Hours On + Greener Pastures, (27th June, Screening)
- The Amplify Project (Applications open in June)
- Anything But Marriage, (September and October)
LGBTI THEATRE FESTIVAL
The LGBTI Theatre Festival is an emerging theatre festival that aims to provide a platform for queer artists, performers, play and screen writers, poets, drag king and queens to produce and devise original works. Through this festival we aim to showcase the diversity of the queer voice. Last year’s Festival sold out and had a variety of performance.
This year we are moving to Sydney and expanding the festival to a three night event. The theme this year will be “JOURNEY”.
4 HOURS ON
“4 Hours On”, written by Chris Le Page and produced by OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multimedia explores Jesse’s psychological process of the death of his father. Throughout his own journey of grief, Jesse learns that laying his father to rest has opened many more regrets of is complicated and dysfunctional relationship.
The film starts with Jesse entering a club, intoxicated and ready for a night of messy dancing and finding a guy to take home. Throughout the night Jesse meets Tom and they connect immediately. After the club Jesse takes Tom back to his apartment - where we start to find out more about these two mysterious people and their lives.
“Greener Pastures” written by Kristian Wilson explores the meaning of freedom in adulthood from two different Stories. Sam, a Self destructive young woman is faced with these questions when running into an old high school boyfriend who has taken a different route in life. She soon finds out that this encounter has him left with his own set of questions.
THE AMPLIFY PROJECT
The Amplify Project aims to amplify the voices of young people/emerging artists by funding one hour original performative works. The artist’s budget will be $2000 for the whole production including tech, venue, set and artist fee.
ANYTHING BUT MARRIAGE
“Anything But Marriage” written by Chris Le Page and produced by OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multimedia, is a historical fiction piece of theatre that follows the lives of two queer men and two queer women through the same sex marriage debate. The play's timeline starts on the 6th of August, 2017 through til the 7th of December, 2017 when the Australian Liberal Party voted on a postal vote survey asking the question “Should the law change to allow same sex couples to marry?”
Throughout the piece, the audience is taken on a journey of how the LGBTI people of Australia felt throughout this campaign and explores the concept of how these peoples private spaces and relationship were then made into public and political space for public critic and comments.
The play starts with all four characters at the last protest for marriage equality before the Liberal Party closed office meeting to discuss if they should allow a free vote or to put it back onto the Australia people. From there, the audience will follow the lives of these character and the way the debate affects, not just them, but the changing Australia around them.