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Monday 1 October 2018

A new work by The Red Room Theatre called Abattoir Noir will make its debut at the Phee Broadway Theatre this week.

Abattoir Noir sheds a dark light on the hidden side of the meat industry. Peppered with ironic humour, the show was inspired by life in the shadow of Castlemaine’s Bacon Factory. You may never look at a salami in quite the same way again!

Globally and locally pertinent, Abattoir Noir is part Brechtian Cabaret, part political exposé. The production is part of the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residency program, supported by The Regional Centre for Culture.

As a work in development, Abattoir Noir will be performed for the first time on Friday 5 October at 8pm, followed by showings on Saturday 6 October at 8pm and Sunday 7 October at 2pm.

The Red Room Theatre is an independent collaboration between Kenneth MacLeod and Kate Stones who have been creating theatre in their home since 2011. Kenneth and Kate perform alongside Clare Shamier in this hard-hitting production. Their previous work includes the fondly remembered Emilie’s Voltaire, A Love Story and Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio for the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival. The Red Room Theatre also recently produced the political drama Servant of the Revolution, by local writer and academic, Anitra Nelson.

“We’re delighted to be a part of the At Home residency program”, said Ms Stones.

“The opportunity to extend our work into the Phee Broadway Theatre space has enabled us to turn a fledgling script into a living, breathing thing,” she said.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson is pleased that the At Home program is bringing forth new ideas and conversations.

“Abattoir Noir certainly won’t be for the faint-hearted,” said Ms Anderson.

“Different perspectives on our local stories are nonetheless important to share,” she said.

Tickets to Abbatoir Noir are $20 on the door or at www.trybooking.com/YEJO. Containing explicit material, Abattoir Noir comes with a viewer warning and is not recommended for audience members under 15 years old, or those impacted by smoke or strobe lighting effects.

The Phee Broadway Theatre’s 22 week ‘At Home’ residency program supports local creatives to develop and perform their work during two or four week blocks.

The Regional Centre for Culture is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, City of Greater Bendigo, and the Shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.

For more information visit: www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

Image: Head to the Phee Broadway this week for Abattoir Noir.

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