Playlist is Beyonce meets the women’s marches meets Australian Idol. Directed by Karen Therese and featuring five extraordinary performers from Western Sydney, Playlist is full of suburban dreams and pop star fantasies that’ll make audiences laugh, cry and wanna dance – whilst simultaneously, like all of PYT’s work (Jump First, Ask Later), bringing to the fore critical issues of our times.
PYT Fairfield is led by Karen Therese, an artist of singular dedication and strength of vision. In recent years, Therese has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in Australian culture
PLAYLIST is Beyoncé meets the women’s marches meets Australian Idol. It’s full of suburban dreams and pop star fantasies. It’s a pop culture call to action, about the critical issues of our times.
This is the kind of work we don’t often have the opportunity to present on our stage – a work that invites you into the world of five young women living in urban contemporary Australia – a world that is not often represented on Australia’s mainstages (yet). Theirs are different stories to tell – and PYT tells them in a different way. Expect real life authenticity over performer polish, passion over experience and a whole world unfolding from these emerging artists.
These five incredible young women tell their personal stories through this genre-defying dance theatre work. They represent a unique and powerful cross section of artists in contemporary Australia, featuring Ebube Uba, a Nigerian-Australian actor and dancer; Neda Taha, a Tongan-Iraqi-Australian hip hop dancer; May Tran a Vietnamese-Australian slam poet; comedic actor Tasha O'Brien; and Croatian-Australian pop star Mara Knezevic.
Who is going to shape the future for women in Australia? Living in the #MeToo world, PLAYLIST explores the experiences, ideas and power of young women. This is a coming of age story exploring contemporary issues through music and dance, hip-hop and pop with musical influences ranging from Solange to Fleetwood Mac, to Rihanna and George Michael, there’s something for all audiences to relate and respond to.
Under the direction of the acclaimed Karen Therese, this multi art-form work is choreographed by dancer and choreographer Larissa McGowan, lighting by Verity Hampson with set design by award-winning visual artist Zanny Begg and sound by Gail Priest and Berlin-based sound architect Jasmine Guffond.
PYT Fairfield is an award winning company with a reputation for making brave and transformative work, impacting and inspiring audiences and artists across Australia. We do this by creating innovative performance and social artistic experiences. Our work is inspired by our local community and engages with concepts of cultural diversity.
Orange Civic Theatre, 26 March
Carnarvon Civic Theatre, 31 March
Margaret River Arts Centre, 2 April
Albany Entertainment Centre, 4 April
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 7 April
Frankston Arts Centre, 17 April
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 21 - 22 April
Bunjil Place, 24 - 27 April
Wyndham Cultural Centre, 30 April
Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, 2 May
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, 5 May
Townsville City Council, 7 May
Cairns Regional Council, 9 May
NORPA, 13 - 14 May
Logan Entertainment Centre, 16 May
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 20 - 21 May
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, 23 May
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 27 - 28 May
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 29 May - 1 June
Griffith Regional Theatre, 4 June
Jetty Memorial Theatre, 6 June
Capital Theatre Tamworth, 10 June
Chevalier College Performing Arts Centre, 12 June
Touring March - June 2020
Director Karen Therese
Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Designer Zanny Begg
Co-Sound Designers Jasmine Guffond & Gail Priest
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Dramaturg Kate Armstrong–Smith
Associate Artist Koco Carey
Performers Ebube Uba, May Tran, Tasha O’Brien, Mara Knezevic & Neda Taha
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
02 9699 7133