Helpline is a participatory live artwork that utilises the ubiquitous helpline and product assistance service to explore isolation, therapeutic outreach and community care.

Working across theatre and live art, comedy and drama, Bron Batten and Gary Abrahams are multi-award-winning and prolific performance makers. Drawing on practices of participation, improvisation, direct address and collaborative exchange with non-artists and audience members, their recent works include Onstage Dating and Waterloo.

From Melbourne in lockdown, this new project sees the artists investigate the culture of call-in services, the liveness and intimacy of the socially-distanced telephone conversation, and the modes this new and pertinent performance could take.

Creative Team: Co-creators – Bron Batten and Gary Abrahams