Where: Subiaco Arts Centre
When: 15 – 26 October 2019 (Opening Night 17 October)
Devised by Downsyde, Kyle J Morrison, Layla, Moana Mayatrix, Trooth, and Zac James
Director: Kyle J Morrison
Musical Director: Darren Reutens (Downsyde)
Lyricists: Benjamin Hasler (Downsyde), Layla Hanbury (Layla), Moana Lutton (Moana Mayatrix), Ryan Samuels (Trooth) and Scott Griffiths (Downsyde)
Performers: Benjamin Hasler (Downsyde), Layla Hanbury (Layla), Moana Lutton (Moana Mayatrix), and Scott Griffiths (Downsyde)
Librettist: Zac James
Mentor / Dramaturg: Andrew Bovell
Stage Manager: Karen Cook
Lighting Designer: Joe Paradise Lui
Set and Costume Designer: Matthew McVeigh
Design Actualiser: Sara Chirichilli
Scenic Artist: Sam Knox
Story Collector and Researcher: Rania Ghandour
Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera is the journey of three people and Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin. Aided by the enigmatic Dnale Ci, it is a twisted tale of grief, addiction and redemption.
It’s an exciting new work using the power of hip hop to explore a pressing issue within our communities, featuring new music from Aussie hip hop legends Downsyde, Layla and Moana Mayatrix.
With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues and the energy of electro, Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera uses the language of hip hop to tackle a tough issue currently affecting our society – the plague of methamphetamine use.
Yirra Yaakin has gathered powerful testimonials from users, carers, family members and many others to piece together a full-length contemporary theatre performance using hip hop as the key musical and philosophical drive. Join us as we explore the journey of Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin.
Alongside a team that boasts some of Western Australia’s best artists, including Australian hip hop kings Downsyde, WA hip hop queen Layla, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and singer Moana Mayatrix of MOANA, we explore a very timely subject and ultimately ask the question: if meth use continues to escalate within our communities, what is going to happen to our society as a whole?
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