teen angst ahead
NEVERLAND (well, this is embarrassing) reimagines the fantasy land that J.M. Barrie created for Peter and Wendy as a late 90s / early 00s teen bedroom. Suspended between worlds, NEVERLAND is an immersive installation in which the present bleeds into the past and magic invades the mundane.
Picking through nostalgic detritus and artefacts from M’ck McKeague’s real teen bedroom in Rockhampton, audience members are free to explore, indulging in and reflecting on their own histories while uncovering the thoughts, secrets, dreams, fears, traumas and magic of adolescence that are usually packed into boxes and hidden in the dark corners of adulthood. Nothing is off-limits to the audience.
This development of NEVERLAND will use personal experience as an entry point for the interrogation of dominant transgender childhood narratives and their impact on mental health. It aims to dig into the implications of the normalised contemporary understandings of gender diversity while shamelessly sucking on a Push Pop.
Creator: M'ck McKeague
Associate Artist: Nathan Stoneham
Creative Producer: Matt Seery
Crack Theatre Festival, as part of This Is Not Art in Newcastle 2015. Details TBC!
This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.