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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018 19 BOOKS Koraly Dimitriadis explores cultural repression in latest book The much-anticipated Just Give Me The Pills will be launched next month Finn Lloyd (Creon) with Craig Gunguta (Polynices). animation, live music played by a really talented composer who created an original soundtrack for it, a lot of very nice singing and monochrome design so it had a really powerful look." Contributing to the gig's success was also the audience composition. "There were a lot of young people of colour there as well as older white people, so you had a brilliant cultural mix in the room including a lot of young African men, the people who are being vilified ... The interactions were terrific with the audience ... and written feedback we got that really supports that view." Asked about what cast members said about their experience, Kelman describes a multi-dimensional effect, finding it both artistically satisfying, as well as becoming aware "they had achieved something in terms of reaching audiences and changing peoples' perception." While for some of the artists the play was an opportunity to interrogate their relationship with culture and race as white Australians, for others it had a direct resonance with their lived experience of racism. Kelman recalls one of the play's acts exemplifying this, with Craig Gunguta performing as Polynices. "At a moment where they shoot him for burning a flag he delivers a spoken word poetic monologue which he wrote himself about how he feels as a young African man and why he feels that he's been vilified and marginalised. It was a moment of real beauty and warmness and tension and I think it was really brave of him and really significant for him to be able to have that space to make his voice heard." The play has garnered positive reviews from the broader community, but what Kelman considers of particular significance was the feedback received from parents of young African performers and community leaders. "Political theatre is quite a risky venture, it was really important to me that we don't have kind of me imposing my politics on an African community and the feedback we got ... was extremely positive, it meant we've got the messaging right. "I think for white theatre makers, directors, writers to put words into the mouths of communities of colour is quite wrong, it's not our place to do that and is quite harmful I think. So ensuring that a political piece of work authentically represents the people performing it is the essence and it's not particularly easy either." It's been a big year for writer and poet Koraly Dimitriadis. Fresh off the back of her European tour, the Cypriot Australian known for her controversial bestseller Love and F--k Poems, is getting ready for the release of her second novel-in-verse next month. Intriguingly titled Just Give Me The Pills, Dimitriadis' latest work is a story of both repression and liberation to finding one's true self. Despite finding herself in a white-picket dream, with everything she ever wanted – a husband, a house, a business degree, a baby - she is terribly unhappy. Not allowed to move out of home, she married early at the age of 22 and now 30, feels as though she is looking at her life for the very first time. With this renewed clarity comes the creativity she had kept buried inside all her life, and the words are taking on a life of their own. The poet's work explores cultural and religious repression and the pressures of trying to claim your own voice when it is being denied. Kiril Stamenkov, Sila Toprak and Eto Masoka. "I want this issue out in the open, particularly in migrant communities or strict religious communities, how women are raised to 'be good', to marry and have children and not encouraged to find who they are and what they want from life," she said. Set to be launched at the Greek Centre in Mel- The cover of Koraly’s latest book, Just Give Me The Pills. bourne's CBD on Sunday 2 December, officially kicking off the launch will be fellow poet and playwright Emilie Collyer. The night will feature short performances by female poets from migrant backgrounds including Dimiatriadis herself joined by Amanda Anastasi, Angela Costi, Kylie Supski, Misbah Khokhar and Tariro Mavondo. "I wanted to invite these women that I admire to the microphone to share their own poetry on repression and their interpretation of the metaphor 'just give me the pills'," explained Dimitriadis. Music will be performed by guitarist and vocalist Pascal Latra supported by Jacob Papadopoulous. Just Give Me The Pills will be launched on Sunday 2 December at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 6.30 pm. Attendance free.
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