The world premiere production marks Mr Oliver’s return to La Boite following his 2019 season of From Darkness, the critically acclaimed production he wrote.
“Bigger & Blacker hits that sweet spot between comedy and contemplation and touches on modern love, modern families and the overwhelming urge to escape the modern trappings of fame,” Mr Oliver says.
La Boite’s HWY initiative will transform in 2021 to become a year-round program of events and experiences, providing a vital and ongoing pipeline for new work and ideas.
Act 1 includes three visual art exhibitions curated by Blaklash and artist Q&As held in conjunction with Naked & Screaming on 13 February and Bigger & Blacker on 13 March.
It also features play readings of Major Arcana by David Burton on 30 January and Arthur by Dead Puppet Society on 20 February and a work-in-development showing of HOME by international artist collective Hot Cousin on 20 March.
Act 1 also hosts the world film premiere of The Welcome, a powerful companion piece to La Boite’s boundary-pushing 2020 theatre work, The Neighbourhood.
Screening across digital platforms and in La Boite’s forecourt, The Welcome is an intimate storytelling experience created with Brisbane-based production company Kiosk.
La Boite’s renewed spirit of innovation and connection extends to its audience in 2021 as the theatre company replaces seasonal subscriptions with a new membership model.
Memberships are $55 for adults and $35 for concession and offers free and discounted tickets across all three Acts, invitations to member-only events, exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content and promotional offers from La Boite’s partners.
“While we’re doing things a little differently in 2021, one thing remains unchanged: La Boite’s absolute commitment to becoming Australia’s most diverse theatre company,” Ms Spatz says.
“We are fiercely proud of our local roots and the crucial role we play nationally as an incubator and producer of new work and a champion of diversity across voices, stories, forms and experiences.
“Our mission remains the creation of powerful connections between artists and audiences through stories that entertain, move, empower, surprise and transfix.”
La Boite will announce Act 2 and Act 3 programming in 2021.
For more information on Act 1 and to purchase memberships and tickets, visit laboite.com.au