Theatre is unforgiving. Without the privilege of edits and retakes, it is about only what is on the stage. And especially in intimate venues like Metro Arts, there is little place for artists to hide. But this is exactly what can make the Metro Arts experience so rewarding.
Metro Arts markets itself as a contemporary arts space dedicated to professional independent artists and their work. As such, it has always celebrated risk and nurtured new and emerging ideas, forms and practices. And from the look of their newly released program, there is going to be much to celebrate in 2014.
The Escapists are back in a co-production with Hothouse Theatre Metro Arts to explore the nature of travel as a rite of passage for young Australians and the potentially profound effect such an experience can have. “Packed” is written by Lucas Stibbard and Matthew Ryan and promises wit and whimsy when it shows at the end of the year.
There is also “The Dokboki Box”, a live music and performance collaboration between Australian and Korean artists. Having seen their work “I will sing to you” at 2013’s “CROSS-STITCH: Thunderbox”, (during which a song is sung to you, not just for you, in an amazingly acoustic elevator), I am looking forward to the show’s rich renditions.
The Friday Night program returns in March, allowing audience members to view works in progress and engage in shared dialogue with artists. If previous Friday Night programs are any indication, this will be a rewarding and interesting series of rough, ready and full of potential ‘shows’ because continuous conversation among practitioners, arts workers and audiences is what makes Metro Arts so unique.
If, when you envisage theatre, you only imagine a stage, a seated audience, a couple of hours of your time and maybe an usher closing the doors as he house lights dim, then perhaps you should give Metro Arts a look, as a means of invigorating your usual theatregoing experience. Check out their 2014 January – June program on line now:- http://metroarts.com.au/?p=3205