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Patrice Balbina's Chance Encounter With The End Of The World
Something unsettling has crept into the neighbourhood. It’s a feeling, a suspicion that disappears when you look at it directly. Patrice Balbina has noticed that small things are starting to disappear. The butcher has lost his laugh, the man with the pigeon is losing his patience, and dad says the government has lost its mind. But you wouldn’t expect the end of the world. Then he rang the doorbell.
In 2016, artists from six leading international theatre companies, ATYP, Pilot Theatre (UK), Teatro O Bando (Portugal), Teatro Elsinor (Italy), Dynamo Theatre (Canada) and Presentation House Theatre (Canada), arrived in Sydney. Together they devised a captivating new work that premiered at ATYP in January, transferred to Vancouver, Canada, and was selected to showcase at The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in South Africa in 2017.
This multi-lingual show for older children and their families has charmed audiences worldwide and is set to do it again in 2018. Funny, surprising and deeply moving, Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter with the End of the World takes you on an extraordinary journey, seen through the eyes of a ten year old girl.
Director: Fraser Corfield (Australia)
Dramaturg: Odette Bereska (Germany)
Choreographer: Jacqueline Gosselin (Canada)
Production Design: Ben Pugh (UK)
Sound Design: Pru Montin (Australia)
Education: Mandy Smith (UK)
Stage Manager: Sven Laude (Germany)
Producer: Dirk Neldner
Performers: Raul Atalaia (Portugal), Holly Fraser (Australia), Emilie Leclerc (Canada), Guiditta Mingucci (Italy) and Yves Simard (Canada)
Age Recommendation 10+
"Documentary theatre which balances power and purpose to entertain and engage young audience"
Sydney Arts Guide
"...nuanced, warm and sensitive, taking all due care to tell this story responsibly."
Actor: Grace Campbell
Photography: Amelia J Dowd
Design: Justin Stambouliah