Date: November 08 2012
An adrenalin-pumping piece of new Australian theatre looks at the life of a young gung-ho photo-journalist who has just completed her cadetship and is ready to take the wars of this world on with the energy, naivety and determination she packs in her camera bag. Presented as a countdown of significant photos from her 20-year career as a war correspondent ''snapper'' with a bunch of complex characters as the constant family she depends on, for Dannie the correspondent, the pain and passion for her craft collide and explode in theatre staging of the most thought-provoking and shocking kind.
Today's 24-hour news cycle demands the instantaneous visual for the digital medium's voracious and insatiable appetite. Later we might find another truth as the events are analysed and cooler heads prevail but this play brings many of those issues into question. There is a disconnect between the narrative and the perceived reality because these are stories we do know about. But Bare Witness lays bare the place of the individual in the new age of storytelling, of war, of censoring, moral judgements, interpretation and our humanity. That they remain objective is essential but not necessarily the case.
The need for witnesses will always exist. How it's handled - Sally Sara's reporting comes to mind - requires cool heads and intelligent reporting. And lots of R&R at home for sanity and preservation. Bare Witness continues at The Street Theatre until November 10.
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