We May Have To Choose

New Zealand Fringe 2017
Brisbane Festival 2016
La Mama Melbourne Revival Season 2016
Perth Fringe Festival 2016
Melbourne Fringe Fesitval 2015
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015

I think therefore I am…. often wrong.

A monologue of sorts, a one-sided stream of consciousness, a list of declarations about the universe and our place in it. Inspired by Tim Etchells’ Sight is the Sense, this is a study of what it is to speak one’s mind. A personal values framework writ large in all its maddening illogic and insanity. A comedy of the personal soapbox. There is a reason we don’t talk about some things.

Written by Emma Hall

Directed by Prue Clark

Scenography by Amelia Lever-Davidson

Sound by Brett Harris


REVIEWS

“The stage set before us…immediately feels stark, fragile, and gives a sense of infinite wonder…Amelia Lever-Davidson’s lighting and set design are ridiculously absorbing. Hall’s shadow upon the paper backdrop morphs, distorts, multiplies and sharpens, evoking unique responses to different opinions. Warm side lighting gives her the broody air of a revolutionary. Later, the back lighting completely engulfs Hall and we witness an anonymised silhouette make sweeping generalisations. ”

-Art Murmurs

“Amelia Lever-Davidson’s clean, minimalist design….”

“Hall is a master of her material. The 45-minute monologue of Hall simply standing on a blank white background, basically telling us one-line beliefs could be long. It isn’t. The pacing is enhanced with excellent lighting and soundscapes. It’s not always comfortable, but it’s slick and compelling theatre.”

-Theatre Review NZ

“Emma Hall stands in a tiny room and shares 641 of her opinions. Most are forgotten, but it’s brain-prodding, riveting theatre like this that makes Fringe festivals unmissable”

– Anne-Marie Peard, The Age

We May Have to Choose is very starkly produced, with a simple set, no props, and a single, haunting soundtrack by SS. Sebastian. The lighting, by Amelia Lever-Davidson, is more complex…”

– Arts Hub

“This is a sensory experience as well as an intellectual one. Hall moves her body to reflect her thoughts but no movement is unnecessary. Ambient sounds drift from the speakers and the lighting is subtle yet affective.”

-Rip It Up

“There is something of the absurdity of Eugene Ionesco in this address to the nation, directed by Prue Clark, with minimal sound and lighting in a small room. Not quite theatre, nor stand-up, it becomes effective and unsettling.”

-Ewart Shaw, Adelaide Now

The Age

Art Hub


AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

WINNER – ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015 WEEKLY AWARD – BEST THEATRE
WINNER – 2015 WA TOUR READY AWARD (MELBOURNE FRINGE)
WINNER – MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 2015 DISCOVERY AWARD (MELBOURNE FRINGE)
NOMINEE – GREEN ROOM AWARDS 2015 – BEST PERFORMANCE (BY AN INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE) IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE AND BEST CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE TEXT
NOMINEE – PERTH FRINGE 2016 WEST AUSTRALIAN ARTS EDITOR AWARD