1 Jan - 31 Dec 2020
*** PITCHING AT PAX 2018 - CURRENTLY BUILDING 2020 NATIONAL TOUR ***
A high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body.
OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps even the moment before our own extinction.
Blending lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama, OIL BABIES weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.
Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and ultimately, our lack of respect for it.
An exciting contemporary work blending narrative, durational exertion, science and technology, OIL BABIES follows the story of three women who - mounted on exercise bikes - figuratively power the lighting design as they explore the complexities of our relationship to climate change and the female body.
Written and directed by Petra Kalive and featuring an all-female cast, OIL BABIES blends lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama to present a dangerous, pithy and at times darkly comedic work that speaks directly to the concerns we hold now.
ESTIMATED REMOUNT FEE: $14.6k
ESTIMATED WEEKLY FEE: $11.9k (royalties @ 13.5%)
"[An] anguished, polished and unmissable piece of theatre. Oil Babies is one of the most perfectly wrought theatrical miniatures you are likely to encounter." - The Australian
★★★★★ "Oil Babies is intimately confronting and leaves you feeling devastatingly exposed. This exhilarating production and its messages will be swirling around my mind for months to come." - Theatre People
★★★★1/2 "Intelligent, gentle, horrific, terrifying, and a work of great love and humanity. Oil Babies is the hit show of this winter." - What Did She Think?
★★★★ "Harrowing. An impactful, confronting performance. A fast-moving, relatable and hard-hitting genre, wrapped up in a highly-entertaining package. Definitely worth seeing." - We Know Melbourne
★★★1/2 "Kalive’s intellectual curiosity, humour and soul-baring emotion invigorate this production. Covering everything from reproductive rights to human extinction, it’s provocative and searching theatre, smartly designed and performed with an infectious sense of mischief." - The Age