Sydney is being told to prepare for a show like no other when Milk Crate Theatre, now in its eleventh year, presents its first ever large scale public work for four performances only.
Intersection is a collision of epic Greek tragedy, interactive dialogue and city tour of homeless hotspots. It explores the crossroads in life, the moments where life changes course, described through the intersection between two people – James and Sally – who meet one night at a crisis shelter. How do two people with such varied personal histories find themselves located in close proximity – it’s an affective combination of self-pride, self-disclosure and the pursuit of happiness.
“Intersection is a show about the twists and turns our lives take. It looks at how we carry our baggage through life, how we negotiate the obstacles and opportunities that arise. It’s humanity at its most raw and most beautiful, and ultimately it’s a show about connection – how together we are stronger than if we’re alone,” said Director Beck Ronkson.
Intersection features a team of professional actors and artists working alongside 40 participants who have experienced homelessness or disadvantage, and the Sydney Street Choir as the chorus.
One of the participants John said: “It’s about reaching out to people… To send the message that being homeless, and making some terrible decisions in life, doesn’t mean that we are not able to find a way out of that past baggage that holds us all down sometimes.”
Milk Crate Theatre is Australia’s only theatre company dedicated to working with people who have experienced homelessness and disadvantage. It consists of creative individuals who come together to make entertaining, challenging and inspiring performances, whilst exploring issues, opinions and life experiences in the process. Milk Crate Theatre is a direct partnership between professional actors, artists, welfare services and community participants, walking a line between professional theatre and community development.
Intersection has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.
Intersection partners include Wesley Mission’s Edward Eagar Lodge, Mission Australia Centre, Ozanam Learning Centre, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and the City of Sydney Council.
The show starts at the Edward Eagar Lodge on August 26. Details: (02) 9331 3107 or www.milkcratetheatre.com.au.