What's On: The Blood Votes (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Imagery via Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

Where? Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Church Street, Fortitude Valley
When? 7 – 11 November 2018

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble will continue their proud tradition of developing stimulating new work with their production of The Blood Votes, a new play by Michael Futcher.

Bringing to life the divisive and, at times, violent conscription debates of 1916 and 1917, The Blood Votes asks audiences to consider enforced participation in war through the eyes of mothers, sons, serving soldiers, workers on the home front and religious and political groups.

Two referendum questions were narrowly voted down by the Australian public. The vivid debate that accompanied the votes brought important issues of “home front” life into dramatic focus: the essential character of the conflict, the nature of citizenship and public duty, government and democracy in war time, and the dreadful personal toll of the ‘Great War’ that was then entering its third year.

QSE will once again be running their community initiative A Night At The Theatre (ANATT), inviting patrons to make a donation of the price of a ticket. QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross, Communify, and Arafmi Queensland to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise been able to experience live theatre.

Directed by QSE Artistic Director Rob Pensalfini, with Assistant Director Kat Dekker and music direction by Tnee Dyer, The Blood Votes is made possible through an exciting partnership between QSE and The University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and funding from the Queensland Government.