The Past is a Wild Party

The-Past-is-a-Wild-PartyAn exciting new performance essay that takes us on a journey through archives, sexual politics, and a personal queer history, Siren Theatre Co premieres The Past is a Wild Party by award-winning playwright Noëlle Janaczewska at The Loading Dock Theatre – Qtopia Sydney from 10 July 2024.

Trash and high art. Censorship. Gaps and silences. The Past is a Wild Party explores passionate friendships and whether a girl can be your boyfriend.

Outing yourself – as someone with mental health issues. Reading The Well of Loneliness in your teens and looking for – let’s call it ‘technical information’ about girl-on-girl sex.

Create your chosen family, fall a little bit in love with nineteenth-century poet Amy Levy, and immerse yourself in Lesbian pulp from the 1950s.

Directed by Kate Gaul (The End of Winter, CAMP, Good With Maps), this solo performance by Jules Billington immerses us in the personal and historical power of lesbian representation.

Noëlle Janaczewska is a playwright, poet, essayist, and author of The Book of Thistles (UWA Publishing) – part environmental history, part poetry, part memoir. Much of her work deals with history’s gaps and silences, focusing on people, plants, creatures and events overlooked or marginalised in official records.

Noëlle’s writing has been produced, broadcast and published locally and internationally, and she is the recipient of a Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University for her body of work as a dramatist. Recent works include: Mrs C Private Detective, The End of Winter, Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue and Good With Maps.

Director & Producer: Kate Gaul | Featuring: Jules Billington | Composer: Clare Hennessey | Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman | Stage Manager: Alexis Worthing | Writer: Noëlle Janaczewska

The Past is a Wild Party
The Loading Dock Theatre – Qtopia Sydney, 301 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
Season: 10 – 27 July 2024

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