Witness Performance

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Date: 03 May 2018 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Monash University, Drama Theatre, Performance Arts Centre, 55 Scenic Blvd, Clayton campus


Centre for Theatre and Performance


Witness Performance

Witness Performance is a new community focused online initiative developed to address the collapse in networks of critique and participation in the Victorian performing arts.  It was developed by performance critic and poet Alison Croggon and playwright and theatre historian Dr Robert Reid.  Witness is a structural intervention into the process of engaging with the performing arts in Melbourne, facilitating audience involvement through critique, feedback and conversation and thereby strengthening the systemic resilience of the local performance community infrastructure.  In short, Witness provides a space for talking about the theatre weʻre seeing and encourages an atmosphere of contribution and contextualization for that conversation.


Dr Robert Reid is a freelance playwright, director, game designer and academic. He is Artistic Director of the Australian live games company, Pop Up Playground. He is currently writing a monthly series of interviews with Australian theatre makers from the last thirty years for the Australian Script Centre State of Play series. His most recent durational immersive performance game, “Where in Melbourne are Carmen and Diego,” opened Melbourne International Games Week in October 2016. With Pop Up Playground he directed the Fresh Air International Games festival at Federation Square and has created games for the White Night Festival, The State Library of Victoria, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, VicHealth, and the City of Melbourne. Pop Up Playground’s work has been presented at w00t festival in Copenhagen and Come Out and Play in New York. His plays have been produced internationally and have received several awards and nominations. “The Joy of Text” and “on the Production of Monsters,” were produced by Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011 and 2012. His play “The New Black” was shortlisted for the Kit Denton Award in 2009 a, presented at the PWA National Play Festival in 2010 and workshopped by the High Tide Festival in the UK in 2011. Robert was Artist Director and a founding member of the independent theatre company Theatre in Decay and has published histories of the Malthouse Theatre Company and The Church Theatre and articles on New Games as performance and arts on the net.



Thursday 03 May


12:00pm – 01:00pm


Monash University
Drama Theatre Performance Arts Centre,
55 Scenic Boulevard
Clayton Campus

For further information, please contact Stacy Holman Jones on stacy.holmanjones@monash.edu


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