DoubleSpeak is an experimental performance by The DIG Collective about difficult conversations, the experience of an island and two bodies on stage.
DoubleSpeak explores Australian political rhetoric, personal mythology, and ‘doublethink’; the experience of two contradictory ideas held at the same time as true. Set against the backdrop of the 2014 election, DoubleSpeak is a study of political and social rhetoric told through a conversation between two performers onstage. They recount to each other where they were on the night of the election, in each scene repeating the story, over and over, until we see the cracks appear; in their language, interpretation of events, and identities. Through the re-telling, reframing, and recapitulating of their story, the audience sees different structures of control embedded within the language used. Most importantly they see the very personal effect this public dialogue has on the performers lives.
To contrast the heightened performativity of these different types of speech making and public rhetoric of the stories retellings, the performance is interspersed with audio taken from interviewees about “when they most felt Australia was an island.” This audio is taken during residence at the performance venue, where the collective set up a ‘Street Talk’ station to engage, have public dialogue with the local community of the area.
DoubleSpeak has appeared at Frankston Anywhere Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival at the Mechanic’s Institute in Brunswick, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Performance Studies International conference.
Michael Fee and Dana McMillan
Emma Adinolfi after Arjuna Benson and Athan Vadiakas
Access Officer and Audio Describer
Audio Description Technician
Michael Kelly from MAK-TRACK Audio
Jean Tong and Casey Gould
Front of House
Anywhere Festival, Frankston 2015
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Metanoia Theatre @ The Mechanics Institute, Brunswick 2015
FCAC Call to Create Program, Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016
Performance Studies International Conference (PSI2016), University of Melbourne Guild Theatre 2016. (An excerpt)
Interview with Richard Watts on Triple R’s SmartArts: http://ondemand.rrr.org.au/grid/20160512103731 (Interview from 1:38:00) – Featuring director Alex Talamo and performer Dana McMillan
Interview on SYN’s Art Smitten – Focus on sound design and access with Tim Sneddon and Joshua Lynzaat
“(with an) Orwellian soundtrack and dialogue and two performers one could not take one’s eyes off of, this was a mesmerizing night at the theatre… thought provoking, funny and insightful” – MINT Magazine
“…living up to their reputation as experimental and innovative, (The DIG Collective) present an entertaining show – tightly scripted and acted” – Up The Creek with a pen…
“(The DIG Collective) is unlike any other theatre company in Melbourne” – Immanent Disasters
“Superb performances, great set and direction. And politics that doesn’t preach or bore!! What more could you want in Fringe (or any) show. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this wonderful piece of theatre. Gosh, I haven’t been this excited about a piece of theatre in ages! Keep it coming DIG!”
“Great work tonight Alex Talamo and cast! Really enjoyed all the thought provoking issues pulled together into a bit of a politically challenging gem… Oh and the plane prop, wheel and was it a turntable(?) – mesmerising!”
“My only Fringe Show this year! So thrilled to have seen these wonderful artists develop from strength to strength over this last year. Support this work!!”