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By Kate Hunter

‘Hunter’s words have that trained liveness that allow each recollection a moment’s return’ – John Bailey, RealTime

Part live performance, part undercover surveillance operation, Earshot is driven by theatre-maker Kate Hunter’s lifetime obsession of eavesdropping on the private conversations of complete strangers.

In this dynamic new collaboration, overheard stories gathered from the general public are combined with voice-activated text projection to offer a fly-on-the- wall insight into the lives of others: personal, epic, comic and sometimes devastating.

Working closely with electroacoustic musician Jem Savage and performer/composer Josephine Lange, Kate uses analog objects and digital technology to craft a celebration of the Australian vernacular. Poetic, musical, horrific and hilarious, Earshot asks us to draw a line in the sand of the public domain. Where is that line? The park? The cafe? Your street? Your back garden? Who should be permitted to listen? Operatic in style and form, Earshot brings the poignant, pedestrian, hilarious story of us – the general public – into sharp relief.


Kate Hunter’s cross-disciplinary and immersive performance is stimulated by investigations into cognitive neuroscience, the body, the senses, diseases and dying, autobiography, talking to herself, sadness, and the strange territory of memory. Read more about Kate at her website.


29 November to 3 December, 2017

Preview Wed 29 November 7.30pm; Opening night Thurs 30 November 7.30pm; Fri 1 Dec & Sat 2 Dec 7.30pm; Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec at 4.30pm. Q&A following Sat 2 Dec 4.30pm show.

fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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Earshot is available for touring from 2018.

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Photos by Leo Dale