By Emilie Collyer


Come to play, come to win or don't come at all
I don’t know when I first saw it / In a memory, a premonition, or a dream.
It was a house and it was on fire / I was the house and I was on fire.

A suburban netball team. A new player. Cass says she wants to fit in but if she won’t play by their rules why does she bother coming at all? She claims to see something they cannot, a warning of sorts. All the other women want to do is play. But this player will push each of them to a point of furious revelation. Nothing will be left on the court once these women are done with their reckoning.

A sweaty play about the petty and the profound, the mundane and the mythic, Contest asks how we might be with each other if we don’t have to win.

Contest was presented as part of Darebin Arts' Speakeasy in association with New Working Group and Bureau of Works.

Written by Emilie Collyer
Directed by Prue Clark
Movement Direction by Nat Cursio and Alice Dixon
Set and Costume Design by Romanie Harper
Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Design by Emah Fox
Script Dramaturgy by Mark Pritchard
Produced by Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)
Performed by Alice Ansara, Natasha Herbert, Kate Hood, Sonya Suares, Emily Tomlins

Contest was originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. It was seeded through Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist Program, and developed through the City of Yarra Performance Investigations Program. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The production is supported by the Besen Family Foundation.