Disaffected is a new contemporary performance about the vulnerability of our planet.

Using arresting movement, sound and imagery, Disaffected navigates through the Pacific to respond to environmental issues. Stirring both personal and political viewpoints, Disaffected seeks to understand what the rise of environmental disasters means to different communities in the Pacific, and what role Australia plays.

Disaffected is an immersive work of intricate stories that is highly charged, unavoidably dirty and utterly affecting.

It is directed by Kym Vercoe (Theatre Kantanka, version 1.0) and performed by a one of a kind cast - Latai Taumoepeau, Valerie Berry and Ryuichi Fujimura - all who have brought their own heritage and unique experiences to the work.

Awarded Best Play of the Year 2016, The Buzz from Sydney

Company: Director - Kym Vercoe. Performers/Devisors - Valerie Berry, Ryuichi Fujimura and Latai Taumoepeau. Composer - Tom Hogan. Dramaturg & Designer - Carlos Gomes. Movement Consultant - Victoria Hunt. Production Manager & Lighting Design - Amber Silk.

Produced by Katy Green Loughrey and Blacktown Arts Centre. Developed and premiered at Blacktown Arts Centre, NSW

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

KYM VERCOE (DIRECTOR) Kym Vercoe became a core member of Company Theatre Physical in 1998, and with them devised and performed Waltz No. 6, Tailing Out, Landed and Overexposed. Kym has also worked as performer/deviser for Theatre Kantanka and company artist for version 1.0. For the 2013 Sydney Festival, Kym performed in the world premiere of In The Eruptive Mode with Sabab Theatre from Kuwait. In 2012 Kym (writer/lead actor) completed her first feature film, For those who can tell no tales, with Golden Bear Award winning Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2013, and has screened at over 50 festivals across the world.

BLACKTOWN ARTS CENTRE (CO-PRODUCER) Blacktown Arts Centre is a recognised leader in the development of contemporary arts in Australia. We support artistic innovation and offer exciting, new experiences for audiences through an award-winning curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops, residencies and events.

Blacktown Arts Centre is committed to exploring dynamic, culturally diverse work that reflects Blacktown, its history and its communities. We place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities at the heart of our program to develop new work drawing on issues of local and global significance.

This is how we make art.

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Unique Selling Point

The work:

  • Navigates a highly relevant topic. Climate Change is regularly discussed in the media and affecting us all.
  • Features as exceptional and experienced cast who have never been seen on stage together until now.
  • Shares real stories by real people. Local community members were interviewed and these recordings are featured in the work.
  • Evokes emotional resonance in a political issue. Audiences became deeply moved by the stories and images.
  • Has a simple, flexible and effective design.
  • Is accompanied by a short film titled 'Affected,' which is available for screening. View it here: http://tinyurl.com/affected-film

Marketing Materials

  • Hero image and alternative marketing images
  • Production images
  • Excellent reviews
  • Rehearsal shots
  • Access to the artists for press activity

Community Engagement

For the premiere season, the artists engaged with the local community through a number of opportunities.

  • Community workshops - Pacific Islander and Filipino local residents attended a storytelling workshop facilitated by the artists
  • Climate Change panel discussion - local Climate Change experts across various fields came together on a panel to discuss Australia's responsibility to its Pacific neighbours
  • Cook Islander feast - following the panel discussion, a traditional feast was served
  • 'Affected' film - a short film was made to highlight some of the stories shared by locals and this was screened in the gallery space before and after each performance. View the film here: http://tinyurl.com/affected-film
  • Community Gathering - local residents could attend a free event featuring traditional weaving, music, dance and food. This was an opportunity for some of the local residents to perform, share their stories and mingle
  • High Schools performance making workshop - local students participated in a performance devising workshop led by the artists

We are open to developing similar opportunities with presenters.