2007 Media Release - Honour Bound
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Issued Friday, 9 November 2007
MULTI AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF
HONOUR BOUND TO OPEN AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON
“…provokes a visceral response…It is brilliant theatre.” The Age
"Honour Bound is shatteringly good." Sydney Morning Herald
Setting a new benchmark in physical theatre, Honour Bound commissioned by Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne will play at the Barbican, London from next Wednesday to Saturday (Nov 14-17).
This season at one of the world’s most prestigious performing arts centres follows invitations to perform at Europe’s premier arts festivals and venues. Having premiered at Sydney Opera House in August 2006 Honour Bound has since played at the Vienna Festival (May) and the Holland Festival (June).
The Barbican season of Honour Bound is the highlight of ozmosis07, a six-week eclectic festival of theatre, dance and music from Australia across three London venues. The fifth and final show in the festival, Honour Bound is a powerful and urgent piece of physical theatre devised and directed by Nigel Jamieson and choreographed by Garry Stewart. Based around the journey of David Hicks from suburban Adelaide to Guantanamo Bay, it ends with his plea bargain and return to gaol in Australia.
Honour Bound explores human rights and the impact of mental and physical torture on victims and their perpetrators. The piece integrates the performers’ dazzling physical feats with documentary material gathered through interviews with Hicks’ family, internal Pentagon papers and accounts of former detainees to present a visually-arresting and highly-compelling real-life story.
Sydney Opera House Director, Performing Arts, Rachel Healy, commented, “Sydney Opera House is dedicated to producing and presenting high quality, unique and risk-taking performances that challenge, engage and entertain. A provocative and absolutely compelling production, Honour Bound won two Melbourne Green Room Awards and four Sydney Theatre Critics Awards including Best New Australian Work”.