Delicately poised between concert and theatre Permission to Speak explores the dynamic relationship of parent and child as it exists and evolves through a lifetime. Marking the first collaboration between director Tamara Saulwick and composer Kate Neal the work pairs contemporary performance with musical composition to construct a revealing portrait of what is often left unspoken.
The Agile Opera research project supported a development period for a Digiwork iteration of Permission to Speak. Quickly following its world premiere, the performers came in to the SIAL Sound Studios to make recordings for the development of a spatial sound installation iteration of the work. The lead artists worked with this material alongside Associate Professor Lawrence Harvey during the open research development period in the RMIT Design Hub as part of Agile Chambers.