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The Motion of Light in Water


Thu 17 Jul 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

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  • General Admission (from): $15.00
  • General Admission (to): $25.00
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A queer sci-­‐fi love story celebrates the strength we find through our difference in The Motion of Light in Water – a thrilling journey into the imaginative possibilities of science fiction, inspired by the life and work of a truly original and subversive figure -­‐ Samuel R. Delany.

In the early 1960s, Chip and Marilyn – born in a violent New York City – support one another in their struggles against intolerance and poverty. But for Chip, the only way he’s allowed to publish the truth about his subterranean identity -­‐ both racial and sexual -­‐ is in books with spaceships on the cover.

Far in their future, in a world threatened by the mysterious Invaders, poet Rydra Wong discovers an alien language -­‐ Babel-­‐17 -­‐ and sets out on a quest that will either save civilisation, or destroy it. With the assistance of a mysterious figure known only as Jewel, her path will converge with Chip’s -­‐ and transform the way we look at our shared future.

Created by award-­‐winning Melbourne company, Elbow Room (2011 Green Room Awards, Best Director
& Best Ensemble), The Motion of Light in Water is inspired by Delany’s autobiography of the same name, as well as his novels Babel-­‐17 and Empire Star, and Marilyn Hacker’s acclaimed poem The Navigators.

Samuel R. Delany is an Award Winning American author, professor and literary critic whose credits include Babel-­‐17 and The Einstein Intersection. He is the winner of four Nebula awards, two Hugo awards and earned a place in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. In 2013, The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master.

The cast features Ray Chong Nee (Bell Shakespeare’s The Dream), Laura Maitland (Yes, Prime Minister), Emily Tomlins (Melbourne Festival’s M+M), Paul Blenheim (Salome), Tom Dent (Psycho Beach Party) and Jacinta Yelland who makes her stage debut.

Bringing this sci-­‐fi epic to life in sound, light and space are nationally acclaimed sound artist THE SWEATS (currently resident sound designer at MTC) and award-­‐winning designer Matt Adey (MONO), alongside longtime Elbow Room collaborators, lighting designer Kris Chainey (After All This) and costumier Zoe Rouse (Neon 2012’s Menagerie).

This work has been commissioned by Hothouse Theatre Wodonga and developed by Elbow Room with the assistance of Arts Victoria, Theatre Works and the Australia Council through Program Presenter Funding.

Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda Dates: 17 – 27 July (Preview 17 July)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 5pm Tickets: $15 -­‐ $25
Bookings: / 03 9534 3388