By Raimondo Cortese Conceived & Directed by Alicia Talbot

A co-production with Urban Theatre ProjectsSydney Festival

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 6 Jan – 5 Feb 2012

    Belvoir and the acclaimed Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) have joined forces for this big-picture show about a city and society redefining itself.

    Late one night in the gutted façade of a building primed for redevelopment, a group of security workers, labourers, and a local teenager find themselves haunting the same territory. One by one they rule a line in the sand, and by dawn they’re set for a showdown over who builds the future and who gets to own it. Buried City is an ambitious new work about ever-changing cities like, well, Sydney – where waves of immigrants make new lives on old land. Director Alicia Talbot’s investigation of real-time action and filmic panorama continues in this special collaboration between Belvoir and Bankstown-based UTP.

    The work is being made in consultation with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and their Retired Members Association, African Women Australia Inc and Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation.

    The troubadour of Redfern-Waterloo Perry Keyes makes his theatrical debut in this surprising show about the kindness of strangers and the brutality of old friends.

    This work was first developed through a commission from Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada.


    By Raimondo Cortese
    Conceived & Directed by Alicia Talbot
    Set & Costume Designer Mirabelle Wouters
    Singer-Songwriter Perry Keyes
    Sound Designer & Composer Paul Prestipino
    Lighting Design Neil Simpson with Sean Bacon
    Movement Director Kathy Cogill
    UTP Executive Producer Michelle Kotevski
    Production Manager Sharna Galvin
    Production Consultant Neil Fisher
    Community Liaison Annie Winter
    Assistant Director & Stage Manager Frank Mainoo
    Assistant Stage Manager Gina Bianco

    Special thanks to our set sponsor Pacific Group


    Co-devisors & performers

    Valerie Berry
    Perry Keyes
    Russell Kiefel
    Effie Nkrumah
    Hazem Shammas
    Meyne Wyatt

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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