Bendigo Engine Room tackles being alone with new theatre work

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Bendigo Engine Room tackles being alone with new theatre work

Aloneness, loneliness and social disconnection are themes surrounding the new Project Connect Ensemble performance, a/lone.

Bendigo Engine Room will spotlight the deep-rooted, community-shared, profound experience of disconnection this month through a new theatre presentation, a/lone.

Developed and devised by the Project Connect Ensemble, and written and directed by acclaimed Janine McKenzie, a/lone is a powerful, dynamic original production that explores the human condition with a unique blend of humour and pathos.

Show details

  • Dates: 1.30pm and 7.30pm, Thursday 18 April 2024 | 11am, Friday 19 April 2024
  • Where: Bendigo Engine Room, 3550/58 View Street, Bendigo 3550
  • Tickets: Adult: $28.00, Concession $26.00

With shows across Thursday 18 April and Friday 19 April, a/lone combines physical, absurd and verbatim theatre techniques, featuring performances by Xavier McGettigan, Stacey Carmichael, and Emily Jacker-Lawrence.  Designed by the talented Alard Pett and set to a poignant live original score from Sheshtin Honey, a/lone is promises an unforgettable experience of insight and connection.

A project developed through Geelong Art Centre‘s Creative Engine program where producer and performance Stacey Carmichael received two Ignition Grants, a/lone first saw its live premiere to sold-out audiences in the revitalised arts venue last year, earning it a showing at 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to high praise.

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The timeless exploration of the aloneness, loneliness and disconnect resonated with audiences in this turbulent time, where 1 in 3 Australians feel lonely, 1 in 6 reporting severe levels of loneliness and 1 in 2 Australian surround the notion with embarrassment. a/lone aims to reshape the dialogue and eradicate the stigma.

Janine McKenzie says of the production, “Audiences will see themselves and people they love in the stories we tell. This performance resonates deeply and continues to stay with you long after you leave the theatre”.


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a/lone is part of the VCAA VCE Drama Playlist and will tour Victoria until June 2024. Having already performed at Geelong Clonard Collage, the production makes its way to Bendigo Engine Room, back to Geelong for a stint at Drysdale’s Potato Shed, and finishing at the iconic La Mama Theatre, Melbourne.

Tickets to the upcoming Bendigo Engine Show can be found here. All other information regarding a/lone and other ticketing options can be found here.