Oil Babies

Lab Kelpie Oil Babies - photo by Sarah WalkerA high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body, Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Lab Kelpie presents the world premiere of Oil Babies by Petra Kalive at the Northcote Town Hall for a limited season from 8 August 2018.

Repositioning our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing – perhaps even the moment before our own extinction – Oil Babies weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet, our role in its demise.

Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and, ultimately, our lack of respect for it.

Written and directed by Petra Kalive (Hungry Ghosts, Melbourne Talam MTC) and featuring an all female cast, Oil Babies blends lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama to present a dangerous, pithy and at times darkly comedic work that speaks directly to the concerns we hold now.

Director & Playwright: Petra Kalive Featuring: Kali Hulme, Fiona Macleod, Jodie Le Vesconte Set Design: Andrew Bailey Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus Sound Design: Darius Kedros Movement Director: Xanthe Beesley Assistant Director: Lyall Brooks Producer: Adam Fawcett

Oil Babies
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
Season: 8 – 18 August 2018
Information and Bookings: www.northcotetownhall.com.au