The winter solstice is ordinarily marked by rituals of rebirth and renewal. Traditionally on the longest night of the year, cattle are slaughtered, wine is fermented and kings are sacrificed for the eternal feminine. THE RABBLE (Orlando, Frankenstein) uses this metaphor as a quiet political protest against their interpretation of 'the bleak midwinter' that the arts and culture sector has recently experienced. Arts, services, and people are ritually lost through the ages, but for what purpose? A needless slaughter.

In this bleak midwinter, THE RABBLE present a series of absences—a performance in the dark, a scene with no actors, a voice you can’t hear. Their ritualistic sacrifice of the arts.

CURATED BY / 

THE RABBLE

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS / 

Alison Croggon, Angus Cerini, Mary Helen Sassman, Dana Miltins, Meg Wilson, Matilda Woodroofe, Ursula Searle, and more

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.