A curatorial match making project across words, intention and representation.
A series of ‘first speeches’ from citizens often unheard.
Personal visions for our collective future.
Collaborating with a cross-section of our diverse community, Congress is a citizens’ assembly provides a platform for people to have their say and be heard. Congress connects the personal with the political by match making citizens with professional wordsmiths. Ten professional writers and ten community members will be invited to meet, work together, write and deliver their own first speech (previously maiden speeches). These writers and speakers will be curated by All The Queens Men, guided by principles of gender diversity, culturally diversity, pan- demographics, geographic diversity and inclusive of abilities. Together, they will create first speeches for those often unheard; public declarations that address personal visions for our collective future.
Congress welcomes the following writer / citizen collaborations:
Suzie Miller and Keira Leike
Benjamin Law and Vidya Rajan
Alia Gabres and Buster Murphy
Solomon Salew and Ezeldin Deng
Carly Findlay and Hannah Morphy-Walsh
Cynthia Troup and Geraldine Cook
Roger Monk and Davey Thompson
Richard Watts and Ethan Pham
Melanie Joosten and Helen Bayes
Terry Barnes and Barry Nguyen
Presented as the closing ceremony of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival in the Northcote Town Hall, CONGRESS will take the form of a ritualised performance experience; providing opportunity and audience to those that may not be represented in the current political system, showcasing how easy it is parallel inclusivity and diversity. CONGRESS presents a democratic counterpoint; a creative action that encourage citizens to participate, to agitate, to inspire change and transformation.
Closing event of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival with Darebin Arts. Northcote Town Hall – Sunday 1 October at 5.00pm.
Creation / Direction: All The Queens Men (Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid).
Lighting / Sound Design: Nick Roux.
Congress speeches: Vidya Rajan with Benjamin Law, Keira Leike with Suzie Miller, Helen Bayes with Melanie Joosten, Ethan Pham with Richard Watts, Davey Thompson with Roger Monk, Hannah Murphy Walsh with Carly Findlay, Buster Murphy with Alia Gabres, Geraldine Cook with Cynthia Troup, Solomon Salew with Ezeldin Deng and Barry T. Nguyen with Terry Barnes.
Dancers: Lorna Hannan, Tama Tatau, Jungle City Studios, Orlando and Juno de Zwart, Wade Sera-Matiara aka Flyoi.
Stage Management: Rory Cadman.