Missing the Bus to David Jones
Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009), Performance Space (2009)

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A look at our diverse ageing population, drifting away behinds walls. Kantanka echo their voices through a performance that fuses images, text, new media and physicality to highlight the lives of these vulnerable beings.

In Missing the Bus to David Jones Kantanka looks to the future. Frailty, isolation, memory loss, fragile new friendships, the comfort of a woollen wrap. Your twilight years in a nursing home? It is not for everyone.

Missing the Bus to David Jones poetic reflections in a nursing home.

In entering nursing homes and hostels we came face to face with the daily routine of those living in care. In many ways there was a common response to our being there. The people we met, often vulnerable and institutionalized, came alive when we made time to listen to them. We immersed ourselves in this surreal world of altered minds and changed bodies; at times brutal, sad, sometimes humorous and above all, very human. This performance is provoked by this hidden universe, where memories and bodies clash with reality, time and perception.

Artists/Divisors: Carlos Gomes, Valerie Berry, Kym Vercoe, Arky Michael, Katia Molino, Rosie Lalevich, Phillip Mills.
Original Concept/Direction: Carlos Gomes
Consultant dramaturg: Annette Tesoriero
Lighting/visuals: Sydney Bouhaniche
Sound Design/Composition and Video programming: Nick Wishart
Video/Photography: Joanne Saad

“This is a wonderful show…one of the most celebratory pieces of theatre you will encounter.”
SUN HERALD

“This is a finely wrought, challenging work.”
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


“For your own sake, don’t miss the Bus.”
AUSTRALIANSTAGE


“…An important and unmissable experience.”
KEVIN JACSON’S ON LINE REVIEW


“Memorable and Haunting”
ARTSHUB


“The cast are superb”
AUSSIE THEATRE


“…Truly one of the most beautiful productions I have seen in a long time.”
JAMES WAITES ON LINE REVIEW


“…the performance never loses touch with the humanity of its subjects…is visceral, tactile and emotional.”
SOUTH SYDNEY HERALD


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Translab Cross-Cultural Residencies program is an inter-cultural development initiative of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council supported by Performance Space.

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