WAEL ZUAITER: UNKNOWN 

(Co-DIRECTOR/

DRAMATURG)

2014 NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL / THEATRE WORKS: SELECTED WORKS 

 

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On the evening of 16th of October 1972 Wael Zuaiter, a Palestinian intellectual, was shot and killed by two Israeli Mossad agents in Rome. Earlier that night he had been with his Australian fiancé, painter Janet venn Brown.

 

Years later, Janet’s great-nephew, radio producer Jesse Cox, traces the story of Wael and Janet from Italy to the Middle East in an attempt to uncover why he was killed. Wael Zuaiter: Unknown is a new theatre work blending documentary, radio storytelling and the graphic novel with projection and live performance.

 

Date: 29 April 2014 - 11 May 2014

Venue: Theatre Works, St Kilda

 

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Writer and Co-Director: Jesse Cox
Co-Director and Dramaturg: Mark Pritchard
Script Editor: Que Minh Luu
Illustrators: Matt Huynh & Aldous Massie
Composer: Joff Bush
Sound design: Luke Mynott           Set design: Owen Phillips
Lighting design: Ben Shaw             Animator: Benjamin Zaugg
Stage Manager: Rebekah Gibbs
Associate Producers for Next Wave: Kristy Ayre & Kyle Kremerskothen
Producers for Creative Nonfiction: Que Minh Luu & Jesse Cox

Duration: approx 70 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding advisory body, and supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. The development of this project was supported by Next Wave’s Kickstart program and PACT centre for emerging arts.

a NEW performance work blending documentary theatre, radio storytelling and the graphic novel to investigate the assassination of Palestinian activist Wael Zuaiter.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID >>>

 

"It's an intelligent and spare theatricalisation of the creative non-fiction form that works astoundingly well, and it packs a huge emotional punch, all the greater for its coming from unexpected places." - Alison Croggin, ABC

 

"this innovative and brilliantly constructed piece of documentary theatre achieves a haunting power through storytelling... the artists behind it are unquestionably talented" - Cameron Woodhead, The Age

 

"Cox and his co-director and dramaturg Mark Pritchard manage to deal with the ambiguities while telling a hugely personal story in a theatrical radio documentary. 

...Cox’s great aunt has given him a gift of a story, but it’s his ability to shape a narrative using all the facilities available to him that makes the story sing. He explores the art and power of storytelling, and how truth can be shaped by our perceptions and the way it’s told. It’s that difference of perception that’s at the core of so many conflicts. But it’s also those stories that hold mutual understandings, windows into cultures and the hope that those conflicts might just be solvable." - Ben Neutze, Crikey Daily Review

 

"an original and unique experience that takes a new bold step in the art of storytelling." - Philippe Perez, The AU Review

 

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