Epiphany Productions present a site-specific, promenade performance taking the audience on an exploration of the city’s streets providing a unique insight into the lives of Melbourne’s homeless. ‘Do you Know Me’ invites audiences to shed their preconceptions and open their minds and hearts to the plight of the homeless. It reveals indigenous stories, youth stories, women’s stories and a powerful story of awar veteran experiencing PTSD – just a few of the many from those homeless on our streets.
Based on interviews with homeless people of the Melbourne’s CBD, ‘Do You Know Me’ is performed by professional actors alongside ex-homeless and currently homeless participants. It explores the hope and despair of Melbourne’s homeless, how they became homeless and what they do to cope and support each other.
Curated by award-winning playwright Tiffany Barton and this year’s Patrick White award-winner Kim Ho, ‘Do You Know Me’ is a play with a big heart and a whole lot of soul. It is directed by Helen Doig, puppetry and animation by Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman and sound design by Shaun Collins who is currently homeless.
‘Do You Know Me’ traverses the CBD, commencing under Princes Bridge and ending in Degraves Lane. It includes original songs based on the participants’ stories, in some cases using their lyrics. Writers and curators Tiffany and Kim are currently studying Masters in Performance Writing at VCA. They conceived the idea for ‘Do You Know Me’ after going on a field trip to Degraves Street and meeting two homeless men whose stories of resilience and despair moved them to want to share their experiences with a broader public as a verbatim performance. Kim Ho won this year’s Patrick White award for his play Mirror’s Edge; writer Tiffany Barton and director Helen Doig won the West Australian Arts Editors Award at the 2014 Perth Fringe for their one woman show ‘DIVA’ which then toured to London and New York.
In addition to being moved to create a show drawing attention to the plight of the homeless people they have met, Tiffany and Kim have raised $800 for bond and rent to get sound designer, Shaun Collins, off the streets and are now fund raising to buy one of the homeless female participants a camper van. ‘
‘Do You Know Me’ is a call to understanding, compassion and action. All profits from the show will go to the homeless participants.
‘Do You Know Me’ will perform from 20-30 Sept at 6pm.The meeting place is outside Hamer Hall in Southbank. Tickets $25 full and $20 concession. Group bookings of 6 or more are $18.
TO BOOK TICKETS visit melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666