Why We Do What We Do
tempest is best known for producing and directing textural, magnetic and visceral female centric shows. we are drawn to unveiling the domestic spaces that women inhabit. our work is transformative and raw. we are committed to creating spaces for women to grow as well as mentoring the next generation of female artists.
JUNE 28 - JULY 3
SUBIACO ARTS CENTRE
Monica Lewinsky, we all know the name. Patient Zero of the new Internet phenomenon of online shaming. Branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo. ‘That woman’, she was known by many, but actually known by few. It was easy to forget ‘that woman’ was dimensional and had a soul. The face that launched a thousand headlines. This is my apology to the woman I judged harshly when I was the same age as her. In a post #metoo world, can we look back and right the wrongs we visited on our own sisters? Are we all culpable in the shame? This is an invocation of the female body as a plurality of experiences. It is visceral and an uncompromising piece of feminist theatre horrified by the history of bullying of vulnerable women. And a long awaited apology.
A radical feminist adaptation of Phaedra
“I was a woman, a mark for the world’s contempt”
A highly visual, metaphorical allegory investigating the Intersections between repressed desire and the older woman. A monologue that shows the feminine as plenitude.
IN THE NEWS
YIN YANG WEST AUSTRALIAN
Feb 9, 2019
July 10, 2018
A DOLL'S HOUSE
A DOLL'S HOUSE
"Over 140 years after the premiere of A Doll’s House, this feminist examination of a woman’s decision to leave her children to save herself remains shocking and heartbreaking - especially when so movingly portrayed." Stage Whispers
“A magnificent adaptation…once or twice a year you get a play that just grabs you, holding you rigid for the whole performance. This was a prime example.” WA Theatre Reviews
PERFORMING ARTS OF WA AWARDS
Proud to have been nominated for Best Director at the PAWA awards for Lysistrata.
THE COMMUNISTS ARE IN THE FUNHOUSE
"The Communists Are In The Funhouse is a well-constructed devised work that explores a delicate subject in a beautiful and intimate way. The ensemble open up and are very giving with their performances, and add new voices that are shining a spotlight on women’s experiences. Not only does it achieve all of this, it might make the women in the crowd realise that their pain is legitimate. That their experiences are shared and the men in the audience to also realise the pain that women undergo is legitimate – and that’s a very commendable message to communicate." Fourth Wall Media
"The cast work very well together and the action is beautifully paced, with a well constructed order and well edited action.
Retro film touches are used to great effect and the red balloon filled set is interesting, and fittingly both annoying and unpredictable
Tempest, which is a consciously feminist company, has once again produced a quality production, that addresses issues important to women, with an all female cast and crew." Stage Whispers
"A heartfelt, intimate performance..." Isolated Nation
"...exquisite moments..." Gutter Culture
"A little treasure..." Stage Whispers
"4 STARS" Fourth Wall Media
"This hour long show tells a compelling story that is a pleasure to watch. An engaging show that is well worth seeing...well written, well directed and well acted little gem of a show" Stage Whispers
"Unapologetically pink and pretty, while the vibe is power" Stage Whispers
“Lysistrata has been confused in its feminist message in the past, but in this production there is no doubt. This is a fierce, fiery, and feminist manifesto that should be seen by everyone.” The Fourth Wall Media
“As playwright, Susie Conte has created a work of strength and sincerity.” LA Review thetvolution.com
“Conte’s adaptation takes in the soaring, almost romantic, style of Skinner’s prose. She delivers the performance with a gravitas that allows the audience to get to know Skinner’s life, her isolation and her musings on memory, sexuality and gender.” West Australian
“A simple story of loss and despair eloquently told. A Must.” San Diego Reader
“An enticing monologue” Rotunda Media
“Conte gives an unhistrionic performance that pays respect to her subject and her concerns – the place of women in the world, the nature of love and its lack, the impulse to art. It is well, and sometimes beautifully, supported by a simple, austere design, complementing the narrative without distracting us from it. Sparrow is a well-constructed and enlightening window into people and times that have faded from memory. It’s good to have this chance to see them again.” David Zampatti (SeeSaw Magazine)
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
Nominated for Best Theatre award
Adapted into short film The Wallpaper
Audio Visual Lead
We are dedicated to writing and producing stories of women who may sit outside the usual discourse in theater - mothers, daughters, writers, poets, victims, survivors, dreamers - every woman deserves a voice and a place to tell her story.
A Dynamic New Boutique Theatre Space