by Shannan Ely
31 July - 17 August 2019
8pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat
$38 full | $33 concession | $28 preview & cheap Wed
Part dramatic play, part monologue cycle, part lecture
“This is how we bring about our own damnation, you know –
by ignoring the voice that begs us to stop. To stop while there’s still time”
When Kendrick Lamar so aptly stated, “Sit down. Be humble”, he wasn’t merely creating a hit song with questionable lyrics, he was rightly harking back to one of the oldest cautionary tales of human kind: be virtuous, or be damned. But could it be that humans cannot help but be selfish, irrational beings, consistently making bad decisions that lead to an eternity of misery?
The Damned is a theatrical meditation on Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Struggle Street meets Black Mirror, delving into the depths of our psyches, demanding to know: are we eternally damned for our irrational choices?
Shannan Ely graduated in 2017 from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts with an MFA in Fine Arts (Directing), along with studying at the University of New South Wales (B Education and B Arts). Shannan has been Assistant Director for the New Theatre’s Marat/Sade (2016, dir. Barry French), NIDA’s Realism (2017, dir. Jessica Arthur) and Sport for Jove’s Moby Dick (2018, dir. Adam Cook). Shannan graduating production at NIDA, was a bold new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which she adapted and directed for the stage. The Bacchae then toured to Adelaide Fringe Festival in early 2018. Shannan directed Dancing Doesn’t Count as part of the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Writer/Director/Producer SHANNAN ELY
Dramaturg/Producer GEORGIE ADAMSON
The Revolt is a Sydney-based theatre collective, dedicated to tearing apart conventions, challenging the system, and making art that matters. Prepare for chaos. Prepare to feel fucking unhinged. Prepare to Revolt.