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What's On (VIC)




August 9 - 18, 2018

Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street
Northcote, VIC



A high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body.

OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps even the moment before our own extinction. It weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.

Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and, ultimately, our lack of respect for it.

Written and directed by Petra Kalive (Hungry Ghosts and Melbourne Talam, MTC) and featuring an all-female cast, OIL BABIES blends lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama to present a dangerous, pithy and at times darkly comedic work that speaks directly to the concerns we hold now.

OIL BABIES is the latest work to be presented by Lab Kelpie, a not for profit theatre company dedicated to developing, presenting and touring new Australian work.

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Writer & Director: Petra Kalive
Performers: Kali Hulme, Jodie Le Vesconte and Fiona Macleod
Movement Director: Xanthe Beesley
Assistant Director: Lyall Brooks
Set & Costume Design: Andrew Bailey
Sound Design & Compositions: Darius Kedros
Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus
Producer: Adam Fawcett
Presenters: Lab Kelpie & Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Photography: Sarah Walker

Venue: Northcote Town Hall,
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Tickets: Full $33, Conc/Student $28, Preview $25, Groups 4+ $28
Bookings: or (03) 9481 9500 /

Relaxed Performance: 2pm, Saturday 18 August
Auslan Interpreted Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August
Audio Described Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August


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