Photo by Bryony Jackson
One woman lists real and imagined memories of life on Planet Earth, shifting between personal memories and world events unfolding over a century. What results is a gradual accumulation of the momentous, tragic and joyful moments shaping global consciousness, and the tentacular connections that make a life.
- "World Problems isn't only a show for humans. This is a show for every living thing on this planet." | My Melbourne Arts | Full review
- "... frustrating, bemusing, repellant, cute, crushing and irresistible... World Problems is an unambiguous warning and ... powerfully dystopian. Hall takes aim at a generation, and drags them beyond the problems of today or of the self, to face the far greater threats of the future of our own creation." | Daily Review | full review
- "Hall's performance is spectacular... the set is beautiful... World Problems is simple in its presentation though grand in its ideas. It will make you feel calm and grateful, it will inspire you to appreciate every part of you, every good and embarrassing memory, and all the people in your life." - Theatre Press | full review
"A beautifully subdued work... What really makes the work shine are different intonations within the script; in single moments it is elating, and full of humour, the next second it turns upon itself and borrows into a universal sense of outrage... what this work proves is that art still has the ability, dare, the responsibility to continue to uphold pivotal conversations, which through discourse, still bring individuals together. " - Melbourne Critique | full review
- "Innovative and thought-provoking... sensory.. This show fully connects with the audience.... What was I doing at the time of these major world events? Did I notice them as life changing?.... Do I want this (future) for myself or my kids? What can we do? What can I do?" | Bohemian Rhapsody Club | full review
- "World problems opens up the political consequences of how we view our personal worlds" | Witness Performance | full review
Developed with the support of Cultureland Residency and Theatre Oostblok in the Netherlands, and Darebin Arts Centre and City of Melbourne in Australia. An early development season of World Problems was held in Amsterdam on 31 August and 1 September 2018. Read more about the project in Amsterdam Alternative and on the FortyFive Downstairs website.
13 – 24 March 2019 at fortyfivedownstairs
Produced by Asha Bee Abraham
Stage and Production Management by Piper Huynh
Set Design by Fleur Dean
Sound Design by SS.Sebastian
Lighting Design by Rachel Lee
Dramaturg and Workshop Support by Prue Clark
Amsterdam season team
31 Aug - 1 Sep 2018 at Plein Theater (then Theater Oostblok)
Direction Mark Wilson
Mentor Susie Dee
Composition Jasna Veličković
Scenography Sarah Nixon
Early developments directed by Olivia Monticciolo.