THIS as part of RISING 2023

Friday 09 June 2023 - Sunday 18 June 2023

THIS by David Woods. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Devolving, shaming, and space-invading. Fear, conspiracy, collapse, terror, frustration, solidarity, and hope. Mud wrestling. THIS is a brutally funny, raw, and unflinching response to the theme of infuriation. 

Internationally acclaimed theatre-maker David Woods (Ridiculusmus, Back to Back Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Malthouse Theatre) brings together an alliance of Naarm, Victorian, Cantonese, Syrian, Bundjalung, American, Yemeni, Greek, Gamilaraay, British, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Korean, Ethiopian, Somalian, Congolese and Aotearoa—Pākehā (settler) and Māori collaborators to debunk pomp and power for RISING.

Shut down by the pandemic in 2021, the work has been reconceived to squelch within the confines of a decommissioned power station and former corporate headquarters: the Former Richmond Power Station. 

Date and Time

Friday 9 — Sunday 18 June

SUN, 5.30PM

Tickets: $53 — 59
Duration: 120 minutes
General admission, limited seating available on request

WARNINGS | Contains frequent strong language, adult themes, and depictions of family violence.

Artistic team

Director, Lead Artist | David Woods
Producer, Production Manager | Dans Maree Sheehan
Associate Director | Sarah Kriegler
Set and Costume Designer | Eloise Kent
Sound Designer | Darius Kedros
Lighting Designer | Richard Vabre
Stunt Choreography | Kate Fryer
Rigger | Christian Schooneveldt-Reid
Dramaturg | Kamarra Bell-Wykes
Stage Manager | Rebecca Cooen

Cast | Ben Grant, Nicci Wilks, Amarachi Okorum, Vivian Nguyen, Vince Crowley, Michael Logo, Michelle Myers, Angus Cerini, Jonathan Homsey, Belinda Aitken, Lui Zhang, Seble Girma, Saba Senbeta, Jeremy Dixon, Betty Yung, Tina Yue, Kate Borland, Belle Borland, Kerith Manderson-Galvin and John Tjepkema.
Musicians | Luke Byrnes, Fran Evans and Jasper Bell
Writers | Priya Namana, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Kerith Manderson-Galvin, Minsun Park, Jonathan Homsey, Eva Sifis, Trevor Dunn, Theo Mcmahon, Sean Miles, Aliki Chapple, Yuyu Wang, Jon Haynes, Patrizia Paolini, Persis Jadé Maravala, Nick Parr Ben Grant, Tom Doig, Maurial Spearim and Sean Kelly with additional material by the cast.

Supported by The Naomi Milgrom Foundation. This project was commissioned through RISING’s 2020 A Call to Artists initiative, a program supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne and Yarra City Arts through an Annual Arts Grant. 


Location & Contacts

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Date and time:
Friday 09 June 2023 - Sunday 18 June 2023

Former Richmond Power Station Unit 490/658 Church Street, Cremorne