Event Heaven ... It's Not for Angels
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Venue The Performance Space, Redfern, NSW
First Date 13 April 1994
Opening Date 14 April 1994
Last Date 30 April 1994
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description Heaven is the ironic title of a frivolous work with a dark undertone. The setting is a kind of club cum theatre restaurant whose decorative theme is that of a refugee facility. The tables and seating are austere, all hard surfaces, plain benches and aluminium topped tables arranged in suites around three sides of the perimeter of the stage area. Behind them a chain wire fence. In front the maƮtre d's bench to the side of which a passage is way leading to an imaginary kitchen.
As the audience arrive they are processed, they are allocated name stickers (arbitrarily chosen for them by the front of house staff); a quantity of tokens (Dinars, Heaven currency) with which to purchase menu items and a table. On the table is a telephone. When the show begins the waiters emerge business-like and after a short choreographed floor show they distribute the entree menu.
The show follows the traditional three act structure of the classic western meal. Between each course there is a floor show.
The audience/patrons choose a menu item then call on the telephone to order their particular theatrical dishes. Menu items include such delicacies as Head Job, Abuse (mild or spicy), The Revolutionary, Sacrificial Tree Ceremony, A Terrorist Attack, The Kiss, Russian Roulette, Pie In the Face. The performer waiters serve the patrons at their table.
Description Source Production Company
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Test Group-devised
Subjects Consumers
Organisations
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Regina Heilmann Actor
Jai McHenry Actor
Rolando Ramos Actor
Meme Thorne Actor
Nigel Kellaway Choreographer
Peter Wells Composer
Annemaree Dalziel Costume Designer
Don Mamouney Director
John Baylis Dramaturg
Bruce McKendry Lighting Designer
Resources
Further Information Heaven was conceived by Don Mamouney and devised by the company. The show enjoyed four seasons, two in Sydney, Adelaide Festival Fringe and the Perth Festival.
Data Source
Source Description
Australian & New Zealand Theatre Record April 1994
Sidetrack Archive Box 17
Performance Space Database
Event Identifier 24154