A surreal meditation on the body, death and ageing with an ensemble of older women.

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WAKE is a new performance installation by powerhouse experimental theatre makers THE RABBLE, created with an ensemble of older women from Melbourne’s West about the body, death and loneliness.

Audiences are welcomed into the iconic Italian Social Club in Altona to experience a work that is part party, part surreal vaudeville show, part conversation and part town hall meeting. WAKE asks audiences to consider the difficult and taboo discussions around ageing but also celebrates the gloriousness of eight spectacular older women.

WAKE embraces connection, the rituals we inhabit as we age and the spaces where we feel most comfortable.

When: 10 – 19 October 2023, Tuesday to Thursday, 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: Italian Social Club, 71-79 Kyle Road, Altona North VIC 3025
Tickets: $35 via the Melbourne Fringe website



The Rabble, Emma Valenta and Kate Davis

THE RABBLE was formed in 2006 by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, with an intention to create work that was visually ambitious, political, feminist and formally experimental. They aim to radically re-imagine theatrical experiences and repopulate familiar stories with female voices and aesthetics.

THE RABBLE has worked in Australia and internationally, and has been commissioned by Melbourne Festival, Arts House, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, MTC, The Substation, Dublin Fringe Festival and more.