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Theatre

Permission to Speak

by Chamber Made

Presented by Chamber Made in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Chamber Made’s Permission to Speak explores the most universal of relationships – that of parent and child – as it exists and evolves through a lifetime.

This first-time collaboration between director Tamara Saulwick and composer Kate Neal pairs contemporary performance with musical composition to construct a revealing portrait of the experience of family.

Musings, diatribes, recollections and hindsight find voice as four performer/vocalists are fused in choral counterpoint with an assembly of pre-recorded voices. Built from interviews with people of all ages, Permission to Speak interweaves the complexities, parallels and paradoxes of this dynamic relationship.

Reviews

This piece is a soft joy, a catharsis, an honest act of connecting.

Theatre People

Permission to Speak [is] remarkable … What Director, Tamara Saulwick, and her cast and crew have made is a piece built on ferocious discipline, yet still manages to feel fresh … Sonic high-wire artists without a net, they caught each other every time.

Australian Arts Review

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Chamber Made is the only Australian arts company wholly dedicated to creating original works located at the nexus of music and contemporary performance. The company is renowned for redefining artform boundaries and producing works that emerge from a deep collaborative dialogue across artform disciplines. Bringing contemporary composition and performance dramaturgy together in ever-shifting forms, their works have been presented in theatres, recital halls, lounge-rooms, galleries, as well as and on iPads and online.

The company has presented over 90 performance seasons in Australia and internationally and commissioned more than 40 new Australian works since it was founded in 1988.

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Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
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Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

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