After a spectacular birth at the infamous Earlwood Farm Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour, Emma McManus and Maria White’s new collaboration ‘TOO RUDE’ (a name inspired by the Daily Telegraph’s propaganda errrr… response to the Variety Hour) have created a new performance about the uncomfortable role that artists play in gentrification. Pop up galleries ‘renewing’ neighbourhoods, local councils encouraging urban ‘rejuvenation’ through culture, and artists no longer being able to afford to live in the inner city. What a tricky predicament we find ourselves in!
Drawing on disillusionment with the state of arts funding in Australia, the persistent dismantling of public services, grand narratives of art history, and adding their own feminist chutzpah, McManus and White will unravel the terrible formula: art (plus) city (equals) gentrification.
Created & Performed by Too Rude: Emma McManus and Maria White
Emma McManus is a theatre-maker, musician and enthusiastic feminist. She is a core member of performance collective Applespiel. She directed Carly and Troy do 'A Doll's House' (PACT, YAH, Crack, La Mama, Adelaide Fringe - Winner: Bank SA Emerging Artist) and was assistant director for Sisters Grimm's La Traviata (Belvoir).
Maria White is a Sydney-based artist, curator and PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. She has presented new work at Performance Space, Underbelly Arts, Blacktown Arts Centre, MCA Art Bar, Kudos Gallery, and Punctum in Castlemaine. She co-curated the site-responsive performance festival, Tiny Stadiums 2012-2014.
Presented by Crack Theatre Festival under the Setting the Stages initiative, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts through the Creative Australia Emerging Presenter grant.