More elderly women are experiencing homelessness than ever before. Recent census data shows that in the last five years the number of older woman experienc-ing homelessness has increased by 31%. Homelessness Australia last year reported the number of older women “couch surfing” increased 83%, and the number of older women sleeping in cars rose 75% in four years.
A powerful premiere season, this October at Theatre Works unHOWsed sees these women take centre stage and shines a light on the unexplored territory of lives lived on the edge. A multi-disciplinary performance work about older women’s homelessness, unHOWsed spotlights real voices – strong and significant.
“A group of friends wanted to write about their experience of life on the edge.”, explains writer Karen Corbett. “We were tired of the clichéd representations of older women – where were the women who led alternative lives? For a few of us housing had been an issue. We had also recently heard of a warehouse with 25 older women living there in terrible conditions and realised the only thing that could bring these disparate characters together would be housing issues.“
“This “issue” of homelessness has been in the media a lot recently, but how does the audience receive informa-tion?”, adds Director Deborah Leiser-Moore. “Do they really hear it, or is it just another tragedy that doesn’t affect them? They can close the paper, leave the website, turn off the TV. In unHOWsed, audiences will be meet real women. Women who have experienced homelessness. The experience will be visceral and provocative.”
Joining forces on this pertinent new work, Tashmadada and Voices of the Southside have brought together an ex-citing creative team and ensemble. Featuring original texts by writers Karen Corbett, Coral Larke, Catherine Sam-sury, Liza Dezfouli and Voices of the Southside and an exquisite soundscape by renowned composer Nela Trifk-ovic, unHOWsed promises to be an exciting, significant, and vibrant season in the Theatre Works Chapter Three program.
October 23 – November 3