In a major policy shift, the government has announced a moratorium on funding for performing arts organisations Australia-wide. The Trustees of Melbourne’s fictional Lone Pine Theatre Company gather to assess the damage. Amid the chatter and outrage and belligerence of public conversation lies a void: the Great Australian Silence. What are we afraid of hearing? Who are we afraid will say it?
Commissioned by The Malthouse, Trustees is explosive political theatre written by BFT’s co-founding Artistic Directors Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin and devised together with some of Australia’s leading stage performers: Tammy Anderson, Natasha Herbert, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, and Daniel Schlusser.
“a furious and insightful work about the mechanics of authority, the media, self-censorship and freedom of speech in Australia”
Australian Arts Review, 1 October 2018