Merrigong Theatre Company in association with The Disability Trust will present a bittersweet, original and innovative show created and performed by Wollongong’s only professional theatre company, Strangeways Ensemble. The production will premiere at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on 29th January, before opening at Sydney’s Riverside Theatres on 14th February, 2020.
Strangeways Ensemble is Merrigong Theatre Company’s permanent company, and consists of seven actors, all of whom are perceived to have intellectual disabilities. Following on from their hugely successful inaugural production, 2017’s The Outside Man, Trash Talk is Strangeways Ensemble’s latest, stunning work directed by Anne-Louise Rentell (The Outside Man, Alana Valentine’s Dead Man Break, Marcel Dorney’s Charcoal Creek).
Set in a fictional recycling depot of an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), Trash Talk explores some of the workplace issues faced by people living with disabilities, drawing inspiration from the ensemble members’ own experiences. Presented in Strangeways’ quintessential style of mixing realism with fantasy, Trash Talk is an entertaining blend of drama, humour, physical theatre, video projection and some larger-than-life Pro-Wrestler-esque characters.
by Deaf and/or disabled artists