"POLITICAL THEATRE AT ITS ELECTRIFYING BEST"

CAMERON WOODHEAD | THE AGE

Description:

“The stage is a country in itself. With its own rules and regulations”.

The Audition peels back the layers of the audition process to uncover what it means to seek asylum. The asylum seeker shares something in common with the artist in Australia. They are both outsiders of uncertain status.

The Audition is inspired by two artists, Milad Norouzi and Sahra Davoudi who were also asylum seekers while developing and creating the work.
As creators and performers they imbue the show with a tension and truth that is palpable, poetic and at times absurd.

Director and Concept Irine Vela

Writers Milad Norouzi, Sahra Davoudi, Tes Lyssiotis Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius 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

SHOW TITLES

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.

Reviews:

“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 interlocutors 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

“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
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