"POLITICAL THEATRE AT ITS ELECTRIFYING BEST"
CAMERON WOODHEAD | THE AGE
“The stage is a country in itself. With its own rules and regulations”.
The Audition is a multi-authored work that interrogates the protocols and power relationships of the audition process to uncover what it means to seek asylum. The struggle to gain acceptance and recognise merit where and when it is due is always an ongoing tension. Theatre itself is political by virtue of who is represented on the stage and where the content comes from, so theatre itself is inherently political. The asylum seeker shares something in common with the actor in Australia. They are both outsiders of uncertain status.
Director Irine Vela
Writers Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves, Milad Norouzi, Patricia Cornelius, Sahra Davoudi, Tes Lyssiotis and Wahibe Moussa
Cast Mary Sitarenos, Milad Norouzi, Peter Paltos & Sahra Davoudi
Musician Vahideh Eisaei
Dramaturgs Irine Vela and Maryanne Lynch
Lighting Design Gina Gascoigne
Design Adrienne Chisholm
Photos Darren Gill and Miguel Ross
The Doll | Patricia Cornelius
Woomera | Tes Lyssiotis
Seven Days | Sahra Davoudi
Ava and Vida | Christos Tsiolkas
You Made Us a Promise What You Told Us Today Would Be True | Melissa Reeves
Beautiful Jail | Milad Norouzi
I Can Be Her | Wahibe Moussa
Developed with support from Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Besen Family Foundation, Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation, Inner North Community Foundation and La Mama Theatre.
"From the beginning, this is a showcase in which a fine cast can amply demonstrate their skills... The electric switch from one to the other, in the suspended seconds when roles blur together before they differentiate into separate circumstances, creates powerful theatre."
-ALLISON CROGGON | THE SATURDAY PAPER
"Irine Vela seamlessly directs The Audition to create electrifying theatre… the work shimmers, mirage-like, between asylum seekers claiming protection and actors preparing to audition, with cognate politics and piercing resonance."
-CAMERON WOODHEAD | THE AGE
“Ms Davoudi... proves herself a quite astonishing talent: her pointed comic timing combines with an ability to convey depths of pain – to which her interlocuters are oblivious. And she is one of the writers here too.”
-MYRON MY | MY MELBOURNE ARTS
"The humour is double edged, the emotions piercing. This is political theatre that rises far above..."
-MICHAEL BRINDLEY | STAGE WHISPERS
"Outer Urban Projects creatives peel back the layers of truth... The Audition is unforgettable. Actors, asylum seekers and immigrants remind us of perpetual expectations..."
“Outstanding newcomer Milad Norouzi’s inspirational work Beautiful Jail is moving."
-LYN ZELEN | THEATRE PEOPLE
"It is a beautiful and painful piece of theatre"
"There is so much to say about The Audition, but I will end by commenting on the lyrical beauty of Norouzi's 'Beautiful Jail'. Rather than looking at the fences as happens in the earlier piece, 'Woomera', Norouzi focuses on the sky above. Looking up he sees light and space, hopes and dreams rather than his incarceration in the middle of nowhere."