Radical baby boomers explore intimacy, apologies and dance in this FUSE Festival show

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Radical baby boomers explore intimacy, apologies and dance in this FUSE Festival show

Words by Staff Writer

Young and old are competing for attention in the theatrical arena in All Of This Could Be Yours, presented by Pony Cam and Darebin Arts as part of FUSE Festival.

Contemporary theatre company, Pony Cam is returning to Darebin as part of FUSE Festival on Tuesday 5 September with a whole new team of radical baby boomers presenting a new work exploring age, intimacy, apologies, advice, and the dancing body.

FUSE is Darebin City Council’s multi-arts festival, held in Autumn and Spring each year. It’s designed to accommodate a range of different access points for audiences and practitioners to highlight their rich, artistic talent.

All Of This Could Be Yours by Pony Cam

  • Darebin Arts Centre
  • Tuesday 5 September
  • 1pm and 6pm
  • Further information and tickets are available here.

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About All Of This Could Be Yours

All Of This Could Be Yours is an intimate piece working with 30 seniors to create a one-day-only bespoke performance that encounters and responds to these people who are grappling with their personal and collective legacies. Part storytelling and part choreography, works of this scale are rare in Melbourne. The ability to watch members of the community engage in sincere and silly stories about their memories and fears will be the heart of the experience.

The participants, mostly being Darebin locals, come from varying backgrounds all with a common purpose – the desire for more community arts involvement.

Anna is a mother of four and grandmother of five. She has been an Anglican priest for 30 years and when she is not looking after her husband with dementia, she enjoys community building and local-creek revegetation.

When Maggie retired, she decided to dive back into her studies at the VCA and did her Honours in Fine Art. Two years later, she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Performance Creation- Animateuring. Now Maggie writes, makes art, and performs when she gets the chance, when she’s not busy baby-sitting her grandchildren.

All Of This Could Be Yourswill be an uncompromising celebration of age, encouraging an audience to think about what they long for in the memory of their lives and how they communicate their memories with other generations.

This intergenerational play is made up of compelling lies, impossible truths, and provoking stories.

About Pony Cam

Pony Cam is an award-winning experimental collective of five theatre makers from around Australia. The current lineup for Pony Cam is Claire Bird, Ava Campbell, William Strom, Dominic Weintraub, and Hugo Williams. Their work is driven by a desire to bring people together to create experiences that could not otherwise be had. Their process is always led by collaboration and the real dynamics of those collaborations. Often this takes the form of working with non-artists from the local community.

By subverting well-known forms, activating unexpected spaces, and inviting audiences into their work in unexpected ways, they create moments where audiences are challenged to question their assumptions, laugh at themselves, and reject habitual recourse. Their works are often celebratory in nature and irreverent in performance. They aim to create work that is personal, vital and enriching for everyone involved.

In 2020, their digital theatre work A Red Square was a Green Room Award finalist. At the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival, they were awarded the Best Emerging Company award and in 2022 their work Grand Theft Theatre won the Best Theatre Award.

Further information and tickets are available here.