Survival Skills For Desperate Times

Sat 07—Sun 08 Oct

Arts House


With the end of the world just around the corner, there’s one unstated fact we all know: when the apocalypse comes we’ll be eating the artists first.

But what if the ultimate survivalists are our actors and painters and dancers? What if an existence scraped together from the leanest of resources has equipped them for anything life tries to throw their way?

For two days this Festival, Arts House will be re-purposed as an urban survival camp, with top members of Australia’s battle-hardened arts community passing on the secret skills that will make all the difference when disaster comes knocking.

A wry, witty series of performance lectures on everything from living off weeds to having a stake in your own death, how to out-smart everyone and live on the moon to just getting the hell out of here, this is the know-how that will see you through when it all comes tumbling down.

Saturday 7 October

Headliner’s How to…

“… Talk to People” with Lois Weaver
“… Survive with Lies and Trickery” with Lawrence Leung
“… Keep it Funny” with Zoë Coombs Marr


Session 1 & 2 Artists How to…

“… (D)construct identity with Drag and (D)androgyny” with Daniel Newell
“… make a length of rope” with Vicki Couzens
“… embrace a creative slump” with Madeleine Dore
“… crunch” (bugs and weeds) with Jen Rae
“… Make an Axe & Spear” with Frances Tapueluelu
“… Free Birth” with Selena de Carvalho

Sunday 8 October

Headliner’s How to…

“… Survive on the Moon!” with Sarah Jane Pell
“… Write Your Life into Fiction” with Alice Pung
“… Survive Social Discomfort” with Darren O’Donnell


Session 1 & 2 Artists How to…

“… run” with David Woods
“… Master Your Melancholy” with Matt Wicking
“… Use Blu Tak” with Dexter Fletcher
“… Convince People” with Quashani Bahd
“… Push Your Luck” with Malcolm Whittaker
“… Die with Grace” with Peta Murray

Presented with Arts House
Arts House Artistic Director
Angharad Wynne-Jones
Melbourne Festival Artistic Associate
Gideon Obarzanek

PHOTO | Aaron Walker