Cultural Capital is a devised theatre performance taking aim at oft-unspoken class dynamics that dictate who can participate in the arts, to what extent, and at what cost. Developing as a satirical drama, the work will interrogate the pursuit of cultural capital, and the nefarious faces it can take in a time of late capitalism. What is cultural capital in the context of the so-called Australian arts industry? Who possesses more of it… and why?
Cross-disciplinary performance artist Carly Sheppard, writer and critic Cher Tan, and theatre-maker Sarah-Jayde Tracey, are devising this work together, drawing from their own experiences as queer and neurodivergent artists, from differently racialised backgrounds: Indigenous, Asian, Anglo-Celtic. During Adhocracy they will explore contemporary understandings of class in a post-pandemic world, utilising an experimental theatre framework to develop script and scenes.
Artists and collaborators – Carly Sheppard, Cher Tan and Sarah-Jayde Tracey
Image: Lexi Laphor