Oil Babies

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

Oil Babies repositions one's life as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing, perhaps even the moment before one's own extinction. It weighs up one's continued hope-investment in procreation against feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and everyone's role in its demise.

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

Cast and creatives: Writer and Director: Petra Kalive, Performers: Kali Hulme, Jodie Le Vesconte and Fiona Macleod, Movement Director: Xanthe Beesley, Assistant Director: Lyall Brooks, Set and Costume Design: Andrew Bailey, Sound Design and Compositions: Darius Kedros, Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus and Producer: Adam Fawcett.

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