A Play about Homelessness & Taking Action: TTP

A Play about Homelessness by Kinetic Energy and a rally against the extremely unjust Free Trade Agreement called the TransPacific Partnership Agreement being negotiated in secret by our Government. Members of the St Columban’s Mission Society in Latin America, USA, Fiji, the Philippines and we here in Australia are dead against this as it is aimed at making the rich richer and the poor poorer. 

1) Take a real look at the surreal world of the homeless:

Set in Sydney, the colourful characters of HOME paint a multi-dimensional perspective on homelessness. Their stories are told with much humour, and use a wide range of musical and dramatic imagery. Stories of defiance and resistance, of pain and pathos, of kindness, vitality and love. Placed in a filmic soundscape ranging from jazz classics by Bryce Rohde and Gil Evans, to contemporary rap and spoken word poetry.

How do you cope when you’re pushed down the rungs of the social ladder? When your situation makes you cry out: Just because I’m homeless, just because I’m poor, can you throw away the key after locking the door! 

The gap between rich and poor is widening. Homelessness is on the increase, especially among young people and families. Lack of affordable housing, a poverty-line existence, poor job opportunities, often coupled with drug & alcohol abuse and domestic violence: these are the circumstances taking young people down the gurgler and onto the street. One in two homeless youths is turned away from emergency shelters every night because services are full. Families are living in cars or yo-yo-ing between caravan parks and motels. Governments are cutting down social services and women’s refuges.

How do you give shape to your hopes and dreams, when the world seems to be against more equitable models of community, sharing and cooperation?

In true Kinetic Energy participatory style, audience members will have a chance to be part of the action: you can put your hand up for one of six small roles. For instance, you can be a homeless person in Jo’s Soup Kitchen, or a passenger on a bus, or a pedestrian on a busy city street. Your part will have a few words and some simple actions, and your scene will always be together with our cast. If you’re in for a little adventure like this, you need to book, and be there for instruction half an hour before the show starts.

  • With: Janaka Biyanwila, Carolyn Eccles, Melanie Eden, Jepke Goudsmit, Robert Gray, Graham Jones, Demitra Sealy, Henriette Tkalec.
  • Written & directed by Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones
  •  Where: St Luke’s Hall 11 Stanmore Rd Enmore
  • When: March 13-15, 20-22, 27-29  Fri&Sat 8pm, Sun 6.30pm
  • Tickets: $25 full/ $20 pensioner&low-waged/ $15 students&unwaged
  • Seating is limited so booking is recommended: 9665 6489 or email: kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

 2) Take Action!

The TPP secret negotiations between Australia US, Japan and nine other countries are still dragging on.. The US is driving the agenda on behalf of its pharmaceutical, media, tobacco and other industries. The danger is that our government will agree to shameful deals for higher medicine prices and allow foreign companies to sue governments over health, environment and workers’ rights.

But our camapign is growing and is having an impact. See the GetUP video and  the on-line editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.

  • TPP negotiators are meeting secretly again on March 13, in the US
  • Say no to shameful deals and call for the release of the TPP text before it is signed!
  • Join us on Friday March 13 at 12.30 pm outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office, Angel Place Bldg, 123 Pitt St, Sydney