Stir Fry by Free Theatre will be the first Australian public presentation of the dialogue theatre form. Dialogue Theatre is a unique engaged theatre form developed by the directors of Free Theatre through their extensive work in Asia. The dialogue theatre form is a character-based theatre form in 2 acts: the conflict short play of 20 minutes as provocation; and the 70-minute dialogue theatre as an engaged, moderated live dialogue process between audience and characters.
‘Stir Fry’ is a 6-character piece. Set in a Multicultural Day event, six diverse characters are drawn from celebration into conflict as circumstances lead to a clash of beliefs, identities, histories, and prejudices. A 35-minute play, playfully interspersed with movement and acoustic song and music, is interrupted, as the scene transforms into an intervention, with audience and characters as participants.
The dialogue will be centred on the theme of Australia’s construct of multiculturalism and feed into a dialogue addressing the following themes: assimilation versus diversity; unwrapping notions of diaspora, migration contexts, and multiple identities; positing Asian-Australia and Australian perceptions of Asia; and opening up the awkward discourse around racism and cultural
identity. The production ends with snacks and an informal audience-actor debrief.