ABOUT THE WORK

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In June 2012, the Australian theatre company The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm traveled to Timor-Leste to begin work on the country’s first International contemporary theatre collaboration with Timorese artists from Galaxy and Liurai Fo’er. The work was created over two months in a remote and abandoned colonial hotel on the island of Atauro, North of Dili and presented to public and critical acclaim at Arte Moris (Dili), Darwin Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival,  Arts House Melbourne, and Carriageworks, Sydney.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Doku Rai has been an epic undertaking. It has spanned four years, chapters of life – births, loss, deaths – and in the end, the creation of a work in the most singular of circumstances. It has been as confronting, revealing and ecstatic as we asked for it to be.
The way that Doku Rai was created is unheard of. The past four years were spent acquiring the resources and finances to take a group of almost twenty people to a secluded site in remote Timor to create a theatre production of an international standard.
In June 2012 we embarked on two months of rehearsal in utter isolation. There was profound revelation, arguments, threats, illness and insanity, stone silence and deafening laughter – and in the end, Doku Rai stood on its hind legs and walked out of the darkness.
Doku Rai is, in the end, a shared dream between a group of people. It is a production about duality and difference – and the lack of difference in our common humanity. A family was born out of the making of this production and we are delighted to share it.
-Thomas M Wright

A feverish descent into East Timor’s heart of darkness.

Heckler

One of the best productions of the year - The Monthly

Nominated for Production of the Year - Time Out Magazine

A raw dance of death.

The Australian

Like eavesdropping on someone else's dream - Doku Rai offers the kind of experimenting we go to festivals for.

Same Same Magazine

Director and designer Thomas M Wright has created a visual feast. I’ve never been more engaged by video in a theatrical production, the raw footage consumes the theatre.

Arts Hub, Brisbane Festival Review

Doku Rai itself has become a metaphor; a vessel for the relationships that now exist between the cast members… It is a production that invites the audience to consider the implications of undertaking such a project and to consider the stories behind the relationships.

Text and Image (TNI)

Doku Rai has the ability to move quickly from laughter, to songs, to haunting pathos, with a cheeky and macabre comedic streak that tempers this narrative - all enriched by superb film, lighting and sound work. A wild ride and a wonderful surprise, Doku Rai exceeded expectations.

The Brisbane Times

It's's tough for a festival audience to face such brutality but the creators have found a way… to unite two cultures and jolt people out of their complacency.

Adelaide Advertiser

One of the productions of the year - Astounding, fascinating theatre.

Theatre Notes

Green Room Award Nomination - Best Production

REMOUNT DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Oin Differente, mais ema hanesan.

The production first stemmed from the idea of the Doku.
To complete the meaning of Doku, we have brought to the show the concepts of the Hupia and the Jenglot*.
These are variations of the same way of seeing the world, to bring people into the lives of others.
We have worked to take the people into ninety minutes of being somebody else in another life.
The aim of the game is to make a hard life simple; visible, personal, incoherently comprehensible.
The work is bloated with sadness, truth, from chaos to relief, with a strong combination of
different characters in one mystical moment.
All of it dripping with noisy psychedelic music and tough lyrics.
That’s all man, what else d’you need?
– Thomas Henning & Melchior Dias Fernandes

*All of which are true

Production Credits

2013: Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Carriageworks

(perfomed by)
LIAM BARTON, ETSON ARIENTES DA COSTA CAMINHA, MELCHIOR (MELE) DIAS FERNANDES, OSME GONCALVES,
THOMAS HENNING, AGIVEDO VARELA REBEIRO LAKA
(and) VACZADENJO WHARTON THOMAS
(special appearance by) GARETH DAVIES

(direction) THOMAS M WRIGHT
(remount direction and rewrites) THOMAS HENNING (and) MELCHIOR DIAS FERNANDES
(producer) ALEX BEN-MAYOR – STEALTH AGENCY
(design) THOMAS M WRIGHT
(lighting design) GOVIN RUBEN

(video sequencing) AMIEL COURTIN-WILSON (assistant video sequencing) SCOTT MCCULLOCH (additional video imagery) MARCUS SALVAGNIO (additional video sequencing) ANDREW FRASER (production and technical management) THE RUBIX CUBE (system design) ROB STEWART (stage management) ERICA McCALMAN

Original Production Credits

2012: Darwin Festival, Arts House Melbourne

(translation and language consultantion) ELIZABETH ADAMS (production management) EMILY O’BRIEN
(vca school of performing arts – production secondments) MIMI CATTERNS, LUCIE MCMAHON, CATHARINA SCHURENBERG, LEAH POPPLE, SALLY TATTERSON

 

TEAM

Thomas M. Wright
Thomas M. Wright

Director and Designer

Etson Arintes Da Costa Caminha
Etson Arintes Da Costa Caminha

Performer and Co-Musical Director

Agivedo Varela Ribeiro Laka
Agivedo Varela Ribeiro Laka

Performer

Alex Ben-Mayor
Alex Ben-Mayor

Producer

Liam Barton
Liam Barton

Performer and Co-Musical Director

Vaczadenjo Wharton-Thomas
Vaczadenjo Wharton-Thomas

Performer

Melchior Dias Fernandes
Melchior Dias Fernandes

Performer and Remount Co-Director

Govin Ruben
Govin Ruben

Technical Director

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

Performer

Thomas Henning
Thomas Henning

Performer and Remount Co-Director

Osme Gonsalves
Osme Gonsalves

Performer

Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Video Sequencer

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