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VICTORIA CARLESS

VICTORIA CARLESS

Victoria’s work often explores the notion of place and our physical and psychological connection to environment in which we live. In each of her shows there is a sense that the figures are trying to navigate their way through the socio-political landscape in order to better understand their own place within it. She explores nostalgia and the filtering effects of time, pushing the boundaries in regards to everyday language and our understanding of reality.

This can be seen in The Rainbow Dark, a satire around Australian border politics published by Currency Press in 2013, where there is a sense of a lost and fading Australia. Dr Emma Cox, in her introduction, describes this as evoking a ”creeping mood of suffocation”. This mix of danger and nostalgia is echoed in The Grand, a “gothic by the beach” work, produced by White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble for The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Victoria has performance writing credits with Backbone Youth Arts, Just Us Theatre Ensemble (JUTE), Mudlark Theatre, The Young Company, Brisbane Writer’s Festival, ABC Radio National, New Holland Theatre, Creative Regions, State Library of Queensland, White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble, Short and Sweet, Melbourne, Arts Centre Gold Coast and Full Throttle. In 2006, she received Queensland Theatre Company’s George Landen Dann Award for The Rainbow Dark, which was published in Staging Asylum in 2013 by Currency Press. The Grand was published in 2014 by Playlab Indie press.

Victoria holds a PhD in theatre writing and is currently developing a show celebrating kitsch and community memory called Slide Night, in partnership with Lisa Smith and White Rabbit Theatre for Bleach* Festival 2015.

 

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2015 Creative Development / What Was LeftWriter

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