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The Trauma Project by Elizabeth Walley

17 March, 2021 - 28 March, 2021

double garage presents

The Trauma Project by Elizabeth Walley

17 – 28 March 2021

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‘…an extraordinarily elegant piece of theatre which addresses its highly confronting and timely topic in a delicate and sensitive manner.’
Stage Whispers

Image by Dagmara Gieysztor

Image from La Mama Explorations development, 2017

Image from La Mama Explorations development, 2017

Image from La Mama Explorations development, 2017

Image from La Mama Explorations development, 2017


17 – 28 March 2021

preview: Wednesday 17 March
opening night: Thursday 18 March
livestream: Saturday 27 March 7.30pm AEDT
duration: 70 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $30 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: contains strong language, gun shots, references to a shooting homicide, sexual violence and emotional trauma

If the topics in this performance have raised concerns for you or someone you know, support is available through
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Monday afternoon, November 2012, and the street is waiting.

Letterboxes empty, children at school, silent cars in driveways.

As I chat to my neighbour on the verge where the road meets the nature strip, I see a bearded man reaching, a blonde woman falling and the flash of a rifle barrel pressed against her temple.

Gun shots as we run.

Bullets and blood on the bitumen.                                                                                   

The Trauma Project is an immersive composition for theatre crafted by Elizabeth Walley in response to her eyewitness experience – for trauma is enfolded in the body, transcending time and place to erupt unbidden, haunting and disabling. It is visceral, physiological, often beyond language. This performance is a shared re-presentation of the psychic chaos.

As she began to write, past memories of assaults filled the page – a compilation of small and more significant violations by men, woven into the fabric of her womanhood. These rememberings have also found expression in The Trauma Project, arriving like postcards from an earlier existence, calling for action.

Engaging the body and her lived experience as a site for interrogating personal and cultural trauma, this poetic non-linear work explores the schism of self, the intrusive memories that characterise such overwhelming experience, perspective, and the politics of gendered violence.

Creative development of The Trauma Project was supported by La Mama Explorations in 2017.

Writer/Director: Elizabeth Walley

Associate Director: Alec Gilbert

Performers: Ian Ferrington, Isabella Gilbert, Lauren Steiner, Elizabeth Walley

Visual Dramaturgy/Production Design: Dagmara Gieysztor

Choreography: Isabella Gilbert

Sound Design: Samuel Kreusler and Rachel Lewindon

Lighting Design: David Silvester

Stage Manager: Dylan Lines

Assistant Stage Manager: Cosima Gilbert

Publicity: Cameron Lukey

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30
Full: $45
Concession: $35
Group 6+: $35

Livestream at home: $25 (one performance only on Saturday 27 March)


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members/JobKeeper & JobSeeker recipients



Saturday 27 March, 7.30pm AEDT (one show only!)

Your Zoom registration link to access the live-streamed performance will be included in a pre-event email, sent from one day before the event.

Please note: If you are unable to watch the live-streamed performance on the night, you will be able to gain access to the recording of the livestream a few days after the event. We’ll need some time to do a spot of editing and uploading of footage and will send out an updated link for anyone who purchased a ticket and was unable to logon at the time of the show.

If you are new to Zoom, please download the Zoom application on the device you will be using to join the event and familiarise yourself with the platform ahead of time. We will not be able to provide this support on the day of the event.

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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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