Created & Performed by Nicola Gunn & David Woods
Malthouse Theatre, 13 to 29 Aug, 2015
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Full review also published in Herald Sun online on Fri 14Aug 2015 and later in print KH
Lighting Design / Gwen Holmberg-Gilchrist
Bust Construction / Katrina Gaskell
Guest Performances / Abira De Oliveria, Angelo Duot, Shaan Juma, Isabel Mure, Tayla Nichols and Elisabeth Wot
From Media Release (for now.)
A Social Service
// we’d be better off without.
Featuring Nicola Gunn and David Woods, this smart performance sticks its nose into the gap between rich and poor, and smells something funny. Prepare yourself for an in-your-face look at systems that claim to help the needy, but only help themselves.
In a send-up of greed, status and the machinations of power, Gunn and Woods take a satirical look at the state of the public housing system, and the developers and bureaucrats who control its future. Featuring guest performances by residents of Melbourne's public housing estates, A Social Service questions who these safety nets are really there to benefit by digging at a reality more concerned with replicating itself than improving the situation. When the people at the top have no understanding of ordinary worries, needs or wants, maybe their help is the kind / we’d be better off without. (Malthouse MR)