With platforms like Tinder, Grindr and OK Cupid, love’s tender and intimate course has gone public like never before. Dating profiles chart our hopes and dreams for that perfect significant other – laid bare on the internet for anonymous audiences to trawl or troll as they will. Face value is now our only value.
Onstage Dating takes the fraught and intoxicating performance of modern courtship to the next level – from cyberspace to live onstage. Featuring a fresh volunteer participant each night, Onstage Dating toasts the conventions of the traditional first date, testing the commitment and limits of performer, volunteer and audience alike.
Witness the vulnerability, thrills and heartbreak of the dating experience up close, as Bron Batten facilitates, interrogates, deconstructs and gleefully destroys the rituals of contemporary romance.
Performer & Devisor: Bron Batten
Outside Eye Direction: Gary Abrahams & Rinske Ginsberg
Sound Design: Edward Gould
Warnings: Nudity and course language
Onstage Dating has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Cité des Arts Internationale; and Melbourne Theatre Company; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.