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Fresh Theatre returns to Maroondah with new show, ‘The Unsaid’

Published on 03 June 2022
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  • Arts and culture
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Following its ground-breaking production in Ringwood arts precinct’s The Backyard, Fresh Theatre for Social Change is back with a new show in ArtSpace at Realm.

Postponed due to COVID lockdowns last year, The Unsaid explores the relationship dynamics of five siblings when a dark family secret is revealed.

The Unsaid is an original work by Fresh Theatre, building on its first season as part of the Play in a Day Project where the foundations of the script were conceived and performed in only 12 hours.

Theatre Director Shaz Mullens and Executive Director Jordan Stack have meticulously refined an already captivating story, adding deeper context and highlighting relevant societal issues.

In his solo directional debut, Jordan taps into human behaviours, interactions and themes, inviting audience members to examine each character and their actions. Would they respond in the same way?

The plot centres around five siblings who return to their childhood home after the passing of their father, who in his will has left a mysterious briefcase containing a family secret for them to open together. The family is forced to confront their past conflict and traumas as tensions flare and where broken relationships are brought to the fore.

The Unsaid dives into some heavy topics and all the performers are so supportive of each other and handle the themes with grace,” says Jordan.

Jordan also plays Michael, the second eldest of the five siblings who cares deeply about his siblings, but not much for his late father.

“These characters are deeply flawed. They are selfish, and when watching them you will be able to see how the systems in our society impact us on a personal level.”

The audience has its own part to play, too.

“On each audience member’s chair will be a card with a piece of information that is not readily apparent within the script. This information may change how they perceive and judge the actions of each character,” Jordan says.

At the end of the performance, audience members will be invited to read the backstories of all the characters. Will they be more or less sympathetic to one or more characters?

The Unsaid is supported by Maroondah City Council through an Arts and Cultural Development Grant.

Content warning: Strong Coarse Language, Adult Themes; Sexual Assault

Performance dates

  • Thursday 2 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Friday 3 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 4 June - 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 9 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Friday 10 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 11 June - 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 16 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Friday 17 June - 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 18 June - 2.30pm to 4pm

Location

ArtSpace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

Cost

  • $30 general admission
  • $20 concession

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About Fresh Theatre for Social Change

Fresh Theatre for Social Change is a non-for-profit organisation which aims to provide a forum for self-expression and social engagement through the medium of theatre.

Formed in 2002 as a youth theatre in the eastern suburbs, it offers a range of different programs for children from as young as six, through to adults.

Fresh theatre raises self-esteem, confidence, life skills and the ability to make appropriate life choices in participants by providing a positive, safe environment for change.

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