'Acts of Courage forges immediacy and honesty between a vast range of Australian stories, generating forgiveness and hope in the act. Oades’ unwavering loyalty to the words, sounds and silences of everyday conversations conveys a steadfast loyalty to the experiences and the people from which they come. This trilogy celebrates not only the Australian spirit through times of hardship, but everyday, extraordinary, acts of courage.' (Publication summary)
'"Stories of Love and Hate" looks at the lives and loves of people directly affected by the 2005 Cronulla riots. Sidestepping the media hype and social outrage surrounding the event, the source material for this unique verbatim theatre show comes from an extensive interview process with the people who were there.
'Based on a two-year interview process in Bankstown and the Sutherland Shire, Stories of Love & Hate explores great loves, broken hearts and an infamous riot. Roslyn Oades takes on verbatim theatre once again with a compelling new examination of Sydney communities and the Australian psyche.'
Source: Bankstown Arts and Crafts Centre website, http://www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au/
'The more you sweat, the less you bleed.
'For 18 months theatre-maker Roslyn Oades and her trusty tape recorder followed a determined, young boxer from Bankstown through his preparations for a world-title fight. I'm Your Man is the story of who she and her tape recorder met along the way: past legends, up-and-comers and failed contenders whose lives have been irreversibly changed by the fight game.
'This Sydney Festival, Downstairs Belvoir turns boxing gym: place of dreams, of glory, of a better life, where everyone wants to be special and only one thing is certain - that no matter how high you fly you will eventually lose. I'm Your Man is no ordinary slice-of-life. The actors wear earpieces and take their lines directly from the ringsides, gyms and dressing rooms of Oades' recordings. This is fuelled-up, high-stakes, real-deal theatre.'
(Source: Belvior St Theatre website)