Created by NO SHOW (Mark Pritchard + Bridget Balodis)
with Dan Giovannoni, Zoë Rouse, and the Ensemble:
Tom Dent, Naomi Rakuvina, Zoey Dawson, Anna McCarthy, Laura Maitland, Matt Furlani, John Shearman, Nathan Troisi, Matt Adey, Mattea Davies, Jake Preval, Emma Dockery, Zoe Boeson, Nyah Seelig, Alex Duncan, James Deeth, Carolyn Butler, Marcus McKenzie and David Heinrich.
Stage Manager: Helen Lainsbury
Production Manager: Amy Bagshaw
Producer and Media Contact: Dean Drieberg
Next Wave Associate Producer: Kristy Ayre
WHAT THEY SAID
“utterly involving, a testament to the power of the marriage ceremony.”
– Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“provocative, topical, induces thought, and, above all, the most fun I’ve had in a church. Ever.” – Eugyeene Teh, Promptside Blog
“Delivered without irony or discontent, and more to the point, as a celebration, the work quite cleverly and acutely manages to question the place of marriage and the wedding ceremony within our society—archaic regulations in vows contrasted with the high level of excitement.” - Jane Howard, RealTime Arts
“the power of the ritual remained, partly because its familiarity was here sharpened into something less familiar, partly because it was something that the audience had, quite literally, created itself … And it was enormous fun.” – Alison Croggin, Theatre Notes
We would like to thank the Next Wave team, particularly Emily, Kristy, Paul, Nicole, Lucy, Annette, Ash and Briony, as well as Daniel Schlusser for his mentorship and support. Thanks also to Nikki-Fay Baxter, Brett Ludeman, Megan Fitzgerald, James Andrews, Tom Swords, Anthony Cleave, Rob Sowinski and all who supported us throughout the development project.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. We also thank the Besen Family Foundation and Next Wave for their generosity, faith and support.
We'RE Having a wedding.
we need you there.
We’ve never had one before but we’ve seen it done a few times and we reckon we can wing it. We’ve got a man and a woman, we’ve got an extravagant dress, we’ve got a thousand mini-quiches and five sugared almonds in a little white bag.
We’re going to take all these ingredients and make magic.
You, me. Us – together.
Join us as we lodge another brick in the foundations of our nation’s future, and carry on the inexorable progress of civilisation.
We want to know what love is.
We want you to show us.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Shotgun Wedding is an interactive performance experience investigating the phenomenon of contemporary marriage by engaging audiences in the fabrication of wedding. Approaching this ancient cultural institution as if we’ve just invented it ourselves, and using guests as guinea pigs for the experiment, Shotgun Wedding exposes the mythologies, superstitions and meanings that the wedding ritual represents. Marriage in Australia sits somewhere between sacred rite, commercial accessory, homophobic monolith, sexist relic, and meaningless irrelevancy. As young queer artists, NO SHOW conceived Shotgun Wedding to engage with contemporary debate and understand the power and place of the institution.
It's like no wedding you’ve ever been to, but speaks to every wedding you’ll ever go to. A man and a woman are quickly frocked up and led down the aisle, with the audience cast as their soon-to-be merged families. Melding Corinthians, Shaniah and The Little Mermaid, the ceremony evokes the bare bones of a contemporary union that walks the delicate line between satire and sacrament. Then, in a bare hall, the audience creates and enacts the wedding reception from scratch.
‘Shotgun Wedding’ unravels as a desperate celebration of the contested idea of marriage, with ancient rituals jammed up against contemporary practices. The entire audience become performers, navigating through action the meanings and falsehoods of this politically contentious act. ‘Shotgun Wedding’ investigates the marriage rite as a container of cultural meaning, and asks us to consider how and why we celebrate it.