Oil Babies


Aug 8, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018
08:00 PM until 09:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


A high-octane exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body.

Following a same-sex couple who after much deliberation decide to have a child, OIL BABIES repositions our lives as one on the precipice of a planet dramatically changing… perhaps even the moment before our own extinction. It weighs up our continued “hope-investment” in procreation against our feelings of helplessness at the state of the planet – and our role in its demise.

Throughout this piece, the body – in particular women’s bodies – are used as a metaphor to explore our world: our need to control it, our desire to want it to look and be a certain way and, ultimately, our lack of respect for it.

Written and directed by Petra Kalive (Hungry Ghosts and Melbourne Talam, MTC) and featuring an all-female cast, OIL BABIES blends lyrical, rapid-fire text with poetic imagery and domestic drama to present a dangerous, pithy and at times darkly comedic work that speaks directly to the concerns we hold now.

OIL BABIES is the latest work to be presented by Lab Kelpie, a not for profit theatre company dedicated to developing, presenting and touring new Australian work.

View the promo video: labkelpie.com/oil-babies



Writer & Director: Petra Kalive

Performers: Kali Hulme, Jodie Le Vesconte and Fiona Macleod

Movement Director: Xanthe Beesley

Assistant Director: Lyall Brooks

Set & Costume Design: Andrew Bailey

Sound Design & Compositions: Darius Kedros

Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus

Producer: Adam Fawcett

Presenters: Lab Kelpie & Darebin Arts Speakeasy

Photography: Sarah Walker



Venue: Northcote Town Hall,

Duration: 70 mins (no interval)

Tickets: Full $33, Conc/Student $28, Preview $25, Groups 4+ $28

Bookings: http://bit.ly/OilBabies or (03) 9481 9500 / ntownhall@darebin.vic.gov.au


Relaxed Performance: 2pm, Saturday 18 August

Auslan Interpreted Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August

Audio Described Performance: 8pm, Thursday 16 August





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189 High Street
Northcote, Australia

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