Theatrical artworks in hurt and abandoned spaces
The Living Room Theatre is the artistic voice of Michelle St Anne.
We are a genre-defying company devoted to telling stories from society’s underbelly. We work across sound, movement and language to resurrect hurt and abandoned spaces as places of beauty. From the Sydney Opera House to a suburban garage, we have performed in a vast array of venues in Sydney and Melbourne.
Our diverse and astute audience members are persistently invited to weave their own narratives into our compositions.
The Living Room Theatre is a DGR/TCC registered not-for-profit organisation.
Please support us…
My works sits in the framework of ‘Composed Theatre’ – a philosophical lens which creates fragments of images, sounds, text that organises and reorganises, to evoke a circuitous environment where the viewer enters a constructed reality.
I manipulate time spaces at the junction of dream logic. I look to destabilise the real and the unreal worlds by bringing together contradictory artforms, media and seemingly disparate collaborators (and a couple of my beloved horses).
My early investigation into the compositional structures of orchestral music led me to ‘Composed Theatre’ – the result is a coded world of theatrical scores rather than scripts.
I ask the performers to play with the relationship with themselves in topography of space in time in rhythm
Obsessed with the state of suffering, I am drawn to work in spaces that feel hurt, bruised, violated. My themes of female desire, the universal desire for something better and the suffering of everyday life. Within these states we find beauty. The private celebrations distilled yet unsettled. There is always something that isn’t quite right.
My work is not about the straight narrative, nor about the theatrical arc but rather what is heart driven, illogical with the narrative meted out through image, light, sound and language.
…how do you go about teaching them something new? By mixing what they know with what they don’t know. Then, when they see vaguely, something that they think they recognise, they think ‘Ah, I know that.’ And then it’s just one more step to ‘Ah, I know the whole thing.’ And their mind thrusts forward into the unknown.
– Pablo Picasso, 1964
Earth Hour Awards: She only cries at night
IDEA Award I Love Todd Sampson: Event
IDEA Award I Love Todd Sampson: People’s choice
Woodside Better Business Award with Ray Parslow, Extra Black
Australia Business Arts Foundation: Good Practice