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Trash Talk

Strangeways Ensemble brings a gladiatorial approach to its call for the human right to work with respect and dignity.

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Trash Talk

Date: 3 Jan 2020

Returning to our stage for the first time since their huge success with 2017’s The Outside Man, Merrigong Theatre Company’s Strangeways Ensemble, a permanent ensemble of seven professional actors perceived to have intellectual disability, brings us a brand new work.

Set in a fictional workplace — the recycling depot of an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) — Trash Talk draws inspiration from the real-life 2018 review of award wages for people working in such commercial businesses, and the personal impact that it had on members of the cast.

With a hugely entertaining blend of humour, physical theatre and video projection, Trash Talk is framed within the hyper-reality of a professional wrestling tournament.

With its gladiatorial approach to human rights and our universal desire for respect and dignity, the show reaffirms the right to work as fundamental to human existence.

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