Wages of Spin

20 - 30 September

With their trademark biting irony, version 1.0 revisits the spinning of the case for Australia’s participation in the war on Iraq, and its consequences for our democracy. It’s staged as if in a live media studio, with the performers re-voicing key players from the Prime Minister to feral columnists, while a vision switcher calls the shots, floor crew wheel backdrops, props and interview talent on and off on cue, and live cameras transform and multiply every image to saturation point. The production’s meticulously researched script draws on public documents – speeches, Senate Committee proceedings into the scandals around sexed-up intelligence reports, interviews and opinion pieces from across the political spectrum. Sounds dry? Wait till you see the Defence Minister negotiating a bed of nails, blindfolded, as he’s quizzed about who knew what, when.

  • Performer/Devisers Stephen Klinder, Deborah Pollard & David William
    Dramaturgy Paul Dwyer
    Outside Eye Yana Taylor
    Video Sean Bacon
    Lighting Simon Wise
    Sound Composition Gail Priest

  • Location

    PICA

  • Date

    20 – 30 September, 2006