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Unknown Neighbours 2

An ongoing collaboration between Ranters Theatre and Creative VaQi (KR)


Unknown Neighbours 2 is the second research-based project between Ranters and VaQi that responds to the area immediately surrounding a theatre building. In Part 2, the work explores local residences surrounding Theatre Works in St Kilda, Melbourne. It begins inside four residences where the performers reframe aspects of everyday life in the home. The audience is then led on a walk through the streets and into a local theatre before viewing a film that gives a new perspective on the area in which the work has been made.


Unknown Neighbours 2 is about creating links between a theatre building and the poetry of the social and cultural environment in which it sits.

"A joyously experimental work that pulls the audience out of the theatre and places them in the homes of strangers where the real and imagined narratives are played out and made true."

Melbourne Critique

"The performance has the soft yet subversive, knowing feel of playing hide and seek with a child you let win."

Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Daily Review

"A unique and very special adventure that I can’t recommend highly enough."

Stage Whispers


Co-creators/directors - Kyung-sung Lee and Adriano Cortese
Co-creators/Performers - Beth Buchanan, Dahuin Kim, Deborah Leiser-Moore, Kyungmin Na, Sooyeon Sung

Co-creator/Composer - Kayip (WooJun Lee)
Stage Management - Rose Pidd and Hayley Lawson (ASM)
Drone Film - Mike Jaballah (Creative Kicks Media)
Sooyeon's headpiece - Belinda Hellier
Volunteers - Kelly Wilson, Caitlin Tsiolkas, Maggie Patston, Brooke Simmonds and Gee Mishra
Producers - Nic Clark (NCM) and Hee Jin Lee (Producer Group DOT)

Photo credits - Adrew Bott/Slide 1, Teresa Noble/Slides 2-6 



2018 – Festival of Live Art (FOLA) and Theatre Works, Melbourne


2019 - Green Room nomination for innovation in international collaboration


This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund; by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; Theatre Works; and by Bundanon Trust – Artist Residency programme.

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