“OUTER URBAN PROJECTS… delivers a successful platform for disparate and often unheard voices with a performative aplomb that speaks eloquently to a sophisticated Melbourne theatre audience.”
LEONARD MILLER | MELBOURNE. ARTS. FASHION
Poetic License is a performance work about the power and limitations of words.
2,500 years ago Slam Poetry was born.
A god descends to the underworld to resurrect a dead poet back to life to save the city from war and ruin. And now the need has again arisen – Our world, our city, our neighbourhood – is in need of poetry and a great poet to save it. A leader, an inspirer, an orator. A unique theatrical take on Aristophanes’ ancient Greek masterpiece ‘The Frogs’, Irine Vela has assembled an impressive array of performers and musicians to reveal the power and limitations of words and to wrangle the timeless question – Can the spoken word move and inspire. Can it change anything?
Debuting in the Melbourne Writers Festival (2014), Poetic License features the talents of Komninos Zervos, Irine Vela, Grace Vanilau, Ebony MonCrief, Ileini Kabalan, Koraly Dimitriadis, Genevieve Fry (solo harp), Mahmoud Samoun aka Babz, Kevin Nugara aka Spitfire, Dante Sofra and musicians Mulaim Vela and Pascal Latra.
The 2017 June season features guest performances by ‘the haBiBis’ playing traditional and contemporary music from Greece, Anatolia, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.
"The work is electric. It is rich with story and has an amazing life force. Perhaps this has to do with the performers having something quite ethereal, a kind of hunger, a passionate need to express themselves. It is a mix of forms and styles bound together by tight and fearless choreography. It is vibrant. There's an element of great joy which I have rarely witnessed in any performance. It's contagious. And the contagion works to excite and at times boisterously enthuse an entire audience. And it's an audience which is unlike most theatre audiences. It is filled with people, often entire families from grandparents to small children, and like the performers on stage, from cultural backgrounds from all over the world. It's a true and powerful reflection of who we are."
-Patricia Cornelius - The Age
“There's talent and charisma here in abundance: powerhouse mother-of-two Grace Vanilau talking of strength in education, Mahmoud Samoun's cheeky "milking" of his cerebral palsy, seasoned poet Komninos Zervos's political polemics delivered like sermons. The performers enjoyment is palpable and it proves infectious.”