The Voices Project
The Voices Project brings together the best of new monologue writing from the Fresh Ink emerging playwrights program, and presents it on stage, on page, on film and online, giving voice to a new generation of Australian writers, theatremakers, filmmakers and performers.
The project kicked off in February 2011 with Tell It Like It Isn’t, a critically acclaimed stage show of monologues exploring the joys and heartbreaks of first love. Written by our Fresh Ink writers at the Fresh Ink National Studio and performed by the atyp ensemble actors, ten striking characters told us just how first love can bite, bruise and send you soaring.
Two of these monologues were then adapted by their playwrights into The Voices Project short films, working with acclaimed filmmaker Damien Power which launched nationally in March 2012.
In Bat Eyes by Jessica Bellamy, 16 year old Adam callously inflicts humiliation on a classmate, before experiencing the pangs and anguish of first love, lost love and finding beauty in unexpected places.
In Boot by Joanna Erskine, best friends become the worst of enemies as a night out ends in tragedy, recriminations and a terrible secret.
The monologue showcase was again presented in 2012 entitled The One Sure Thing, this time exploring how our experiences of death and our reactions to it, can ultimately determine how we choose to live our lives. In 2013, we bring you Out of Place, a series of monologues bringing a new perspective on the themes of belonging, identity and place.
Also premiering online in 2013:
Hunger by Brooke Robinson, directed by Stephen McCallum and starring Tom Stokes
Stick by Carolyn Burns, directed by Martha Goddard and starring Emma Campbell
Transendence by Kim Ho, directed by Laura Scrivano, starring Kim Ho
How Was Work? by Christopher Harley, starring Andrea Demetriades
The combined monologues of Tell It Like It Isn’t and The One Sure Thing is available in The Voices Project 2011 & 2012, available from Currency Press. The Voices Project 2013: Out Of Place will go on sale on 1st February 2013.