Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Permission to Speak explores the most universal of relationships - that of parent and child - as it exists and evolves through a lifetime.
This first-time collaboration between Tamara Saulwick and composer Kate Neal pairs contemporary performance with musical composition to construct a revealing portrait of that which is often left unspoken.
Musings, diatribes, recollections and hindsight find voice as four performer–vocalists are fused in choral counterpoint with an assembly of pre-recorded voices, offering multiple perspectives on the contemporary experience of family. What would we say to those who brought us into the world? What will we say to those we leave behind?
Built from interviews with people of all ages, Permission to Speak interweaves the complexities, parallels and paradoxes of this dynamic relationship – manifested through the speaking, sounding, singing human voice.
'The permission which is granted in this show is also a kind of celebration; and, while there's much that is sad or poignant in the remembered stories, the overall feeling is of airiness and giddy relief.' Andrew Fuhrmann, Realtime
'This piece is a soft joy, a catharsis, an honest act of connecting.' ★★★★ 1/2 Cera Maree Brown, Theatre People
'Sonic high-wire artists without a net, they caught each other every time.' David Collins, Australia Arts Review
Concept/direction/text/libretto Tamara Saulwick
Composition/libretto Kate Neal
Sound design JethroWoodward
Performance Gian Slater, Georgie Darvidis, Josh Kyle and Edward Fairlie
Lighting design Bosco Shaw
Costume design Marg Horwell
ARTS HOUSE 23-27 November 2016
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE 23-24 February 2018