2009 ongoing: The Climamania Project

Oh Honeys, there just are way too many deaths and destruction occurring throughout the world. It is mankind’s responsibility to protect our home – Alicia Liley [Baa Atoll, Maldives, image courtesy Creative Commons BY-SA] More »

2008 – CHRYSALIS by Dina Ross

Stunning poster design created by R-Co depicting hidden infants submerged underneath butterfly wings. To raise awareness of the horrors of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). More »

2006 – DOLLY STAINER OF KEW COTTAGES by Janet Brown

This production is SOUL’s first multi-media production. This play illuminates the world of institutionalized care in twentieth century Australia through the moving story of Dolly Stainer, a real live person who was left as a neglected five year old at The Mental Asylum in 1915. Here she remained for 75 years, developing just as the Asylum changed into The Kew Cottages. More »

2004 – LAUGHING WILD by Christopher Durang

Passionately raising awareness about Global Warming to a non-informed society, as well as about Depression, via this comedy! More »

2003 – TWO by Ron Elisha

SOUL’s production of Two was stimulated by the horrors of the 9/11 Twin Towers aeroplanes’ crash. Set shortly after WW II, SOUL is questioning society, “Haven’t we learned from History’s mistakes?” More »

2002 – NUTS by Tom Topor

Bringing awareness about realistic issues of family dysfunction, sexual assault and mental illness in order to lessen the common, yet hidden, prolific occurrences More »

1995 – SOUL THEATRE’S BENEFIT

The Benefit consisted of four scenes from A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard. After each scene, Alicia Liley stepped out of character to explain the circumstances about ABI as depicted in the scene. More »

1994 – A LIE OF THE MIND by Sam Shepard

Soul Theatre’s production A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard was selected as our inaugural production because the protagonist Beth acquires brain injury from domestic violence. Both issues align to Soul Theatre’s mission statement. Alicia Liley who perfomed this character Beth, also has acquired brain injury (ABI) from a near-fatal car accident. She saw many correlations between Beth’s and her own recovery. More »

 

Tomorrow’s Wake

A new work, as yet unpublished, set in the midst of the cornovirus pandemic, about the need for effective climate change action. A play for the coming age, by celebrated playwright Michael Gray Griffith, for performance by Soul Theatre Inc. in the first half of 2021.

SOUL acknowledges assistance received in 2020 for development of this production from Creative Victoria under the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

From the playwright:

I was asked to write a play about climate change and yet it is such a confusingly huge issue that I found when I read all the modern updates, the main question I was interested in was why so many people aren’t driven to actively and passionately tackle it.  It is even well known that, instead of being alarmed, when the facts are presented to them people either scoff or just switch off.

Another interesting puzzle to me was to do with the fact that it has been discovered that the Board of one of the world’s leading oil producers not only knew in 1979 that fossil fuel use would lead to climate change and instead of acting upon it, they proceeded to try discredit the facts.     

Yet even though this is now proven people still aren’t outraged. Why?

So taking all of this in, I thought why not explore the issue of Climate Change from a fresh angle of posing questions rather than answers or facts.

And so this is the story I used to do that. 

In an ordinary suburban house Fiona’s only child Kyle, 18, has, along with two other environmental activists not only kidnapped the ex-CEO of a major oil company but brought him here. 

This was the man who in 1979 decided to bury the truth rather than act on it.

The activists want to film this ex-CEOs confession and live stream it in the hope that it will start a fire.

Initially Fiona just wants to call the police but then she realises that if she does her son could face a lengthy jail sentence for kidnapping.   

And this is where the play becomes an allegory to explore the question of why people aren’t actively tackling climate change.

When Fiona can see that her only son could go to jail, she actively and passionately even cold heartedly, starts figuring out what she has to do, and how far she is prepared to go, to save Kyle’s future. And she discovers that thanks to love, she is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths.

But at the start of the play, even though climate change could have a drastic effect on Kyle’s future Fiona is not bothered at all. In fact, she wants to get a pool installed.

One line in the play states “I wonder where we would be now if only climate change was holding a gun to your son’s head?”

And the play shows that given a clear and visible threat some people will respond accordingly and with haste. Even dramatically.

So if the ability to respond clearly exists, maybe the key to engaging the public lies in the current messaging?

That said the play itself is written to be a highly engaging tense thriller with an ending that will have the students gob smacked. 

It also has humour and one of its main themes is power, as for the length of the different factions, the activists, Fiona and the abducted man all fight to be in charge.     

Added to this the tension that the police will soon be here to arrest them keeps the plays tension tight and the plot moving along with all its twists.

Michael Gray Griffith is best known for his recent plays:

• The Magnolia Tree
• When Icebergs Burn
• Marooned
• Adrifting Through the Vomit Generation
• Australia Dot Com
• Decoupage Skin
• The Indifferent Revolutionist

Bookmark this space for more information …

ENVIRUCATION

Soul Theatre Inc. presents an 8 part series of diverse and creative Sustainability Workshops addressing issues of climate change and environmental destruction, delivered by experienced and respected practitioners. Attend all 8 workshops to best participate in the finale debate: CLIMATE CHANGE – Politics vs. Community/Activism: 
which has the most influence in helping reduce the CRISES?

WORKSHOPS – note recent changes in red

8 Sept, 6-9pm Fire, Drought, Desertification & Restoration  Daryl Taylor with Jade King

15 Sept, 5-8pm IPCC and Empowerment  Professor David Karoly with Carole Wilkinson

13 Oct, 2-5pm Anthony Gleeson with Adrian Whitehead

20 Oct, 2-5pm Leigh Ewbank with Alicia Liley

27 Oct, 2.30-5.30pm   Cam Walker with Alex Sangster

10 Nov, 5-8pm  Environmental & Ecosystem Restoration  Rob McBride & 
David Maher with Bob Sedergreen

17 Nov, 2-5pm Cr. Peter Castaldo and Adrian Whitehead (repeat of his presentation of 13 October)

24 Nov, 2-5pm  Debate Finale Yin Paradies, Cr. Amanda Stone and 
Cr. Danae Bosler, Mayor – City of Yarra

VENUE  Nth. Fitzroy Library/Community HUB: 
182-186 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North

PRICE  This 8 workshop series is completely FREE! 
But bookings are essential –  via Facebook event and Trybooking

Download a printable poster here.For further inquiries:alicia@soultheatre.org.au

Thanks to our sponsors:

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S.E.A.T. (SOUL’s Educational Active Theory / Team)

In 2018, SOUL developed a new educational initiative based in schools.

S.E.A.T. is SOUL’s Educational Active Theory (or Team). It aims to educate young Australians about the urgent need to address the Climate Change Crises before it’s too (d**mned) late.

The project involves a team of performing artists visiting primary and secondary schools in Victoria. SOUL initially presents a mix of short plays, videos, talks and music, then engages with students and teachers to encourage them to get creative about climate change. A week or so later, SOUL returns to workshop the results with students, leading up to a performance opportunity or expo, either in-school or in public. The form of this presentation is up to the teachers and students to decide under SOUL’s guidance and advice.

If your school would be interested in being part of S.E.A.T., please contact our Artistic Director, Alicia Liley via our Contact page.

‘The Last Angel’ (2015)

We’re very excited to announce that we have found some lost footage from 2015. This is a short excerpt of ‘The Last Angel’ performed in 2015. Performers include Alicia Liley, Martin Foot and Chris Gregory.

Soulistas flyer

SOUL’s Choir, SOULISTAS!

Soulistas means zest for life, love and protection of nature, care for the oppressed and love of song and music!

“Singing is the best thing you can do for your soul”, (Rosie L.)

Join our fun and friendly community choir and make a difference. We are very inclusive; reading music not required.

Soul was formed in October 2017.

Mondays 6.45 for 7-9pm during school term.
The Fairfield Uniting Church, 85 Gillies Street, Fairfield
(Note Soulistas is not a religious choir)

More info: martin@soultheatre.org.au
Alicia: 0425 728 427