THE RABBLE return with the impossible task of seeking the truth

Set within an ever-changing physical space, occasionally erupting with manufactured weather events, YES witnesses two performers answering hundreds of relentless questions that highlight the unyielding pressures of seeking answers and understanding.

The acclaimed feminist theatre makers THE RABBLE are exploring the complex dynamics of power, consent, knowledge and truth through this new performance work.

People the world over are living through periods of great change and disruption and yet access to reliable information is becoming ever more elusive. In THE RABBLE’s own words, “Between the bushfires, COVID-19, The Black Lives Matters protests, transphobia and never ending conspiracy theories, the chasm between world views is literally and metaphorically widening.”

In a world where objective and rational answers are becoming impossible to find, THE RABBLE seek to disrupt the notion of absolute and singular truths, to disempower the makers of meaning and create a more communal process of searching

YES co-directors, Emma Valente and Kate Davis, explain that the chasm between world views are literally and metaphorically widening, “Imagine if meaning was shaped by a community of ideas and not controlled from single experts or authorities. Why is it becoming so difficult to find and process simple real facts? Why can’t we create a more communal process of searching? Could it be possible to understand the world where multiple conflicting ideas are all true at once?”

The piece ends in a cacophony which promises to reveal answers, eventually highlights a void, drained of contested narratives. Part rite of passage, part public debate, part personal memoir, the audience are taken from joy to contemplation and to existential dread as they ponder their own feelings towards seeking the truth.

YES is an unpredictable onslaught that blurs the lines between instruction, permission, philosophy and confession.

Arts House Artistic Director, Emily Sexton, is delighted to welcome back THE RABBLE, “After such a long gestation period, YES can finally have its premiere. The work looks at our relationship to truth in a post-traumatic world. It’s an overwhelming sequence of questions that rise, settle, provoke and rise again.”

THE RABBLE is a group of visionary women who have consistently produced bold, provocative and visually stunning experimental theatrical experiences. Their works interrogate the human condition through a combination of surreal and visceral aesthetics as well as a feminist sensibility.

September 1 – 12

Image: Pier Carthew