Plunge

University of Wollongong graduation production
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre)
7-10 October 2015
Directed by Linda Luke
Role:  Co-Devisor, Dramaturg, Performer (Eurydice’s Mother)

Inspired by surrealist French filmmaker Jean Cocteau, Plunge spins a compelling new tale inspired by iconic legends Orpheus and Eurydice. Delving into all the meta-themes of tragic drama but with a contemporary burn: an opera diva, a marriage proposal, a fall from grace, love, grief and the liminal zone between death and life – a place where the arrow of time can be reversed. Can you restore what is already broken? Or should we, like Cocteau, embrace the inevitable?  Drawing from Cocteau’s stunning 1950s film Orpheus, utilising video and an originally composed soundscape to create the scenography and combining dynamic movement scores with texts written by the cast and snippets from Cocteau’s screenplay, Plunge presents a collage of ideas to harness and develop contemporary performance practice.

Images:  Danny Priestley and Katie Charlton-Jones

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Excerpts from the performance featuring Louisa Raft as Eurydice’s Mother

Video:  Martin Fox