Seymour Centre and the University of Sydney's Department of Theatre & Performance Studies present

Art + Information

Exploding Stars, Small Pleasures, and the Humble Oyster

17 - 26 Nov 2022

Spark your curiosity at an evening of performance lectures, where art brings big ideas to life.

In Art + Information, three outstanding University of Sydney scholars collaborate with director, Kate Gaul, and an impressive theatrical team, drawing on the art of live performance to communicate their leading-edge research to new audiences in new ways.

Experience insights into First Nations land care, the cosmos, and the small pleasures that make life worthwhile, in an evening that fuses drama, art, and academia to bring big, bold ideas to life.

Tara Murphy, professor of astrophysics, is studying radio emission from distant explosive events, and helping us understand what happens at the very moment a black hole forms.

Beth Yahp, award-winning author and creative writing lecturer, is illuminating the importance of small pleasures—of noticing the unnoticed, finding joy in the little things, and 'stealing time' from the institution to write, think, and be creative as a form of cultural resistance.

Mitchell Gibbs, a proud Dunghutti man through kinship and a postdoctoral geoscience researcher, is making space for research that draws on the experience of First Nations people, asking how we can learn from thousands of years of knowledge to help our aquatic environments thrive long into the future.

Kate Gaul, creative collaborator of Tara, Beth, and Mitchell, has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director of plays, operas, physical theatre, devised works, and classics. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co, where her passion is for daring drama that challenges artists and audiences.

 

Image credit: Sascha Parbery

Kate Gaul has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with directing credits including plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for numerous theatre companies and schools in Australia.

She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co, where her passion is for text-based drama that challenges artists and audiences to have bold, imaginative experiences.

 

Image credit: Alex Vaughan

Tara Murphy is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, and a member of the OzGrav Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. She is a world expert on radio transients – astronomical objects that change rapidly with time. 

Since 2015 she has led the Australian effort in radio follow-up of gravitational wave events, culminating in the first detection of radio emission from a binary neutron star merger GW170817 in collaboration with international colleagues. She has published 150 scientific publications on topics ranging from gamma-ray bursts, to flaring stars, to pulsars.

Tara loves sharing her passion for astronomy, and has been featured on national television and radio, in newspapers, and on social media. Her writing has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, and Cosmos Magazine. She has spoken at public events including VIVID Sydney, Sydney Astrofest, and the Sydney Science Forum. 

Beth Yahp lectures in Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

Beth’s fiction and creative non-fiction include: The Red Pearl and Other Stories; a memoir Eat First, Talk Later, shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature (Non-Fiction); and a prize-winning novel, The Crocodile Fury.

Beth wrote the libretto for composer Liza Lim’s opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003.

Her current projects include ‘Living Archives: Life Writing with Personal Objects’ in collaboration with Malaysia Design Archive, a series of essays on life in Reformasi Malaysia and a book of Small Pleasures set in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Honolulu, a chapter of which was published in Life Writing (2020). 

 

Image credit: Kyle Powderly

Mitchell Gibbs is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Mitchell is creating space for research that draws on the experiences and epistemologies of First Nations people, asking how we can learn from thousands of years of knowledge to help our aquatic environments into the future.

He holds a PhD degree in Marine Biology/Biochemistry and is a Thunghutti man through kinship of the Dunghutti nation.

 

Image credit: Aline Maciel Silva

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Reginald Theatre

Thu 17 Nov 7:30pm
Fri 18 Nov 7:30pm
Sat 19 Nov 7:30pm
Wed 23 Nov 7:30pm
Thu 24 Nov 7:30pm
Fri 25 Nov 7:30pm
Sat 26 Nov 7:30pm

110 minutes (including interval). Duration encompasses all three performance lectures.

Full $35
Concession* $28
Under 35, Group 8+ $25

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to seniors, pensioners, veterans, and full-time students. You will be required to enter your concession card number (i.e. the number on your Australian Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veterans Affairs Card, or Full-time Student Card) during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Art + Information is available to purchase as part of a Seymour Season: Part Two mini multipack, alongside two other shows. Buy a multipack to save up to 15% on tickets and enjoy great live performance for less.

Photography and filming prohibited.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Kate Gaul has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with directing credits including plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for numerous theatre companies and schools in Australia.

She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co, where her passion is for text-based drama that challenges artists and audiences to have bold, imaginative experiences.

 

Image credit: Alex Vaughan

Tara Murphy is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, and a member of the OzGrav Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. She is a world expert on radio transients – astronomical objects that change rapidly with time. 

Since 2015 she has led the Australian effort in radio follow-up of gravitational wave events, culminating in the first detection of radio emission from a binary neutron star merger GW170817 in collaboration with international colleagues. She has published 150 scientific publications on topics ranging from gamma-ray bursts, to flaring stars, to pulsars.

Tara loves sharing her passion for astronomy, and has been featured on national television and radio, in newspapers, and on social media. Her writing has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, and Cosmos Magazine. She has spoken at public events including VIVID Sydney, Sydney Astrofest, and the Sydney Science Forum. 

Beth Yahp lectures in Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

Beth’s fiction and creative non-fiction include: The Red Pearl and Other Stories; a memoir Eat First, Talk Later, shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature (Non-Fiction); and a prize-winning novel, The Crocodile Fury.

Beth wrote the libretto for composer Liza Lim’s opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003.

Her current projects include ‘Living Archives: Life Writing with Personal Objects’ in collaboration with Malaysia Design Archive, a series of essays on life in Reformasi Malaysia and a book of Small Pleasures set in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Honolulu, a chapter of which was published in Life Writing (2020). 

 

Image credit: Kyle Powderly

Mitchell Gibbs is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Mitchell is creating space for research that draws on the experiences and epistemologies of First Nations people, asking how we can learn from thousands of years of knowledge to help our aquatic environments into the future.

He holds a PhD degree in Marine Biology/Biochemistry and is a Thunghutti man through kinship of the Dunghutti nation.

 

Image credit: Aline Maciel Silva

Reginald Theatre

Thu 17 Nov 7:30pm
Fri 18 Nov 7:30pm
Sat 19 Nov 7:30pm
Wed 23 Nov 7:30pm
Thu 24 Nov 7:30pm
Fri 25 Nov 7:30pm
Sat 26 Nov 7:30pm

110 minutes (including interval). Duration encompasses all three performance lectures.

Full $35
Concession* $28
Under 35, Group 8+ $25

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to seniors, pensioners, veterans, and full-time students. You will be required to enter your concession card number (i.e. the number on your Australian Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veterans Affairs Card, or Full-time Student Card) during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Art + Information is available to purchase as part of a Seymour Season: Part Two mini multipack, alongside two other shows. Buy a multipack to save up to 15% on tickets and enjoy great live performance for less.

Photography and filming prohibited.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

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