‘Ascent' tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death. In her quest to feel forever fresh and live up others' and her own expectations of how she ought to be, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, ranging from haircuts to facelifts, and more invasive procedures. Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.
The Citizen Theatre ensemble tells this story by creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with an experimental use of song, voice and musical elements.
Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Jayde Kirchert
Visual Collaborator/Graphic Designer/Co-Producer: Stu Brown
Composer: Imogen Cygler
Lighting Designer: Ashleigh Barnett
Stage Manager: Sophie Andrew
Social Media Coordinator: Stephanie Clare-Cover
Performing Collaborators: Marty Alix, Jordan Barr, Kala Gare, Willow Sizer, Jessica Vellucci
Non-performing Collaborators: Jenni Little
This project is generously supported by the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation and Sam and Monica Abrahams, as part of ShowSupport.
Warning: Contains some nudity
"This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre ... directed with flair by Jayde Kirchert" - Stage Whispers (Alexithymia, Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2017)
"The effects of this production are visceral and by the end my heart was pounding." - Planet Arts (Crestfall, Inferno: A Double Bill 2016)
"The writing by Kirchert is excellent, intelligent, engaging, fluid, almost academically philosophical prose" - Theatrepeople (Nude, Alex Theatre St Kilda 2015)
“Citizen Theatre reveals great depth of talent” - Artshub (The Importance of Being Earnest, Como Historic House & Garden 2015)