Presented by The SUBSTATION
re:group performance collective have set themselves a new challenge: use just one performer. Cast members will be replaced with cameras, screens, and projections. Part monologue, part cinematography masterclass, Coil takes the audience on a journey through multiple interrelated narratives as one actor, picked at random from the re:group performance collective team each night, creates an ensemble of themselves to perform with.
Coil asks, “What happens when we task our technologies with the role of collaborator?”
It blurs genre boundaries of science fiction, horror, thriller, and satire, in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, and whatever James Dean’s new CGI role in that Vietnam War movie is going to be.
Meticulously designed as a human-powered Rube Goldberg machine, this 60-minute live cinema experience explores the viability of relationships as we age, the sustainability of collective arts practices in modern Australia, and the place of human labour in the face of the next phase of widespread automation.
Coil is supported by The SUBSTATION, Merrigong Theatre Company, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Shopfront Arts Co-op, Back to Back Theatre and Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH lab and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
re:group performance collective are Jackson Davis, Solomon Thomas, Carly Young and Steve Wilson-Alexander.
Performers: Carly Young and Steve Wilson-Alexander
Writer: Mark Rogers.
Creative Producer: Malcolm Whittaker
Jackson Davis, Solomon Thomas, Steve Wilson-Alexander and Carly Young are re:group performance collective, a multidisciplinary group of artists based between Hobart and Sydney. Inspired by the highs and lows of pop culture, we make ambitious, large-scale, live cinematic performances that are deliberately accessible and formally rigorous. With a shared passion for theatre and film, re:group brings together four friends with harmonious skills and a collaborative drive to stage work we want to see.