By SAMARA PURNELL
Originally conceived by the Street’s director Caroline Stacey as a mini-festival where Canberra and Europe intersect artistically, it’s taken off on a new trajectory this year with the engagement of British artist, raconteur and general talkaholic, Mikey Weinkove, as the “Segue” 2017 artist-in-residence.
Weinkove, co-founder of “The People Speak” and the brains behind online-broadcast event “Talkaoke”, which essentially gets people talking, doesn’t fit easily into conventional theatrical categories.
Nonetheless it had patrons at last night’s free session, “A Culture of Participation”, raving about the originality of his ideas and the way he looked at what the collective imagination can do.
Tonight (August 30) at 7pm in “The Slice Is Right”, billed as “part theatre show, part plebiscite, and part massive bake-off”, Weinkove will take audiences on a quest for “the pizza that pleases all the people all of the time”. Politics, dough and group decision-making will come into this live art event too.
Saturday’s big finale show “who wants to be? Or how to turn $20 into $2k” will see spectators decide on how to spend the entire box office, as Weinkove puts the audience in charge of the answers, all the questions and the rules.
It’s be foolish to predict what Canberrans will come up with, but they might include safeguarding democracy and the freedom of philanthropic expression. After all, giving money away is a challenge for everyone.
“It’s my first time as a performer in the southern hemisphere,” Weinkove says. “But many of the issues in Australia are the same as up north, it seems.”
You can say that again.
“Segue”, at The Street Theatre, until Sunday, September 2. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.