Alethea Beetson is a Kabi Kabi and Wiradjuri artist, Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts, First Nations Producer at BIGSOUND and Horizon Festival, as well at the curator and director of Anarchy in the Archives at HWY Festival. A few days before Anarchy in the Archives was performed, Alethea sat down with Brooke and answered a few questions:
BROOKE: So Anarchy in the Archives is obviously exposing some heavy things with misrepresentation and silencing narratives. Has this been particularly difficult or challenging for you emotionally or personally as a first nations person?
ALETHEA: Its not overly difficult, or more difficult than any other day. I am researching indigenous theatre for my own doctorate, informing my own practice on how I make work in this space. I don’t really find that challenging and I acknowledge privileges that are attached to that. I get to exist in a time where I can question these things because of the ground work that other people have done before me. So for me I actually find it purposeful, and I am using whatever privileges I have, and whatever moment in time I have to do some truth telling.
BROOKE: Can you for-see this work changing anything in the social landscape? Or what would you like it to do?
ALETHEA: I really hope this work continues a dialogue that was started a long time ago by other indigenous people; I’m just the next person continuing that dialogue. I’m sure others will come after me, and I hope that it adds to the reflection that’s happening at La Boite theatre company; at the moment in its 95th year, and obviously what that’s meant overtime. Its almost a hundred years, which when you think about the history in this country, means it has seen some of the more obviously discriminatory policies, which are still impactful and operating today. I hope that if anything it provides La Boite a place to reflect, continue the truth-telling that needs to be done here, to then create the next steps forward for indigenous theatre-making.