ActNow Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia have teamed up for a post-COVID project inspired by 14th century Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio’s landmark Decameron. The original, which encompasses 100 stories ostensibly told by 10 young people bunkering down outside of plague-afflicted Florence, offers a neat framework to gather a broad umbrella of stories from emerging and established South Australian storytellers in a 21st century pandemic.
Five core writers – Emily Steel, Sally Hardy, Alex Vickery-Howe, Alexis West and Ben Brooker – will drive the 10-week project, along with a rotating group of established writers including Manal Younus, Kyron Weetra and Sarah Peters and emerging voices drawn from ActNow Theatre’s pool of First Nations, queer and culturally and linguistically diverse emerging artists.
The writers meet at the start of each weekly cycle to discuss a theme or provocation, before getting to work creating a series of 100 short, free-form pieces and monologues to be performed and recorded by local actors.
The first episode will be available to stream from Friday 10 July.