The moment has arrived: THE PROGRAM FOR THE 2010 CRACK THEATRE FESTIVAL IS ONLINE.
Crack is a national festival and forum for independent and emerging performing artists, taking place annually as a part of This Is Not Art in Newcastle. Gillian Schwab, Ben Packer and I co-direct the festival, with the support of our extraordinary tech coordinator Anthony Arblaster and a raft of radical volunteers.
Crack has grown a lot in its brief lifetime. After breaking into the This Is Not Art scene in 2007 as a series of interventions designed to interrupt the National Young Writers Festival, Crack sprouted arms, legs and teeth. In 2009 the NYWF kicked it out of the nest to become its own independent festival under the direction of Gillian and myself.
This year, the festival is finding hair growing in funny places and feeling emotions it’s never felt before. Assailed by strange urges and desires, feeling like a freak in the company of its fellow festivals and too awkward to talk to the opposite sex, it seems as if no-one understands what Crack is going through. There’s only one way to express these feelings: anti-social behaviour. So no-one knows what it’s like being an emerging / experimental Australian theatre artist at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century: well, we’ll show them. We’ll show them all.
Queer DIY-theatre duo Sisters Grimm premiere their new show The Rimming Club as part of Crack 2010
Over four days (Thursday 30 September – Sunday 3 October) from its base in Newcastle’s old Masonic Lodge, Crack will unleash a blistering program of performances, gigs, panels, forums, workshops and interventions by an array of Australia’s most creative and accomplished theatre artists, including Sisters Grimm, The Last Tuesday Society, Shh, and The Masters of Space and Time.
This year’s festival concludes on Sunday 3rd with our very own Year 12 Formal, a free-for-all participatory performance in which audience becomes performer, performer becomes audience and the hormones flow as freely as spiked punch. Curated by famed deviant Hadley and featuring light, sound, music and chaos by the Spill Collective, Svelt, Dead DJ Joke and YOU. Don’t hold back: turn a nightmare into a night out!
Shh‘s Genty-inspired physical theatre / puppetry performance Blind, As You See It features as part of Crack 2010