HERD [Melbourne - in development, 2022/23]
a wreckedAllprods production with Alyson Campbell, Meta Cohen, Peta Murray and Lachlan Philpott.
I turn my head
You turn your head
We turn our heads
Do you worry that away from the middle
The same thing will happen to you?
HERD is a new work of queer music theatre – an unapologetic provocation for our times and a sharp examination of what unites us as a queer community and where we diverge. Springing off Lachlan Philpott’s 20-year-old play Bison, this new work expands outwards, opening up its metaphor of the gay male herd to consider herding and herdlike behaviours, kinship, discrimination and isolation in the wider, more diverse LGBTQIA+ community.
HERD gained funding from Theatre Works, Creative Agency, RMIT and Creative Victoria towards an initial development leading to a Work in Progress showing at Theatre Works (April 25, 2021). It now has funding for a second development from the City of Port Phillip and a Hothouse Greenhouse National Residency Program, alongside further funding and partnership with Theatre Works.
QUEER EXPERIENCE IN SONG [Australia, ABC Classic, 2021/22]
Meta has been commissioned as part of the recent ABC Classic initiative to write a new song cycle for Divisi Chamber Singers and pianist Coady Green.
Emerging choral group Divisi Chamber Singers, led by Alexander Gorbatov along with pianist-collaborator Coady Green, will commission emerging composer Meta Cohen to write a song cycle for vocal consort and piano, in celebration of diversity in Australian LGBTIQ+ experiences. The song cycle will feature newly-commissioned texts from four Australian LGBTIQ+ poets: Leona Cohen, Victor Hu, Nikki Viveca and Savanna Wegman.
PROMISCUOUS/CITIES [London: UK/Australia Season 2022]
They’ve written endless songs about this city.
Can you feel the street’s pulse, how it rushes through your veins like a drug?
He’s in trouble, she’s falling in love, they’re cheating, she’s trapped and he’s alone.
But keep moving since we mustn’t fall behind.
Stay connected- don’t want to miss out.
promiscuous/cities composes a symphony of a night in a big city where each of us is frantically maintaining the myth of ourselves we’ve created. Yet underneath the vision of us we peddle on social media – like! – there is an aching distance between us.
Playwright Lachlan Philpott asks: How can we know a city when we don’t even know ourselves?
Writer: Lachlan Philpott | Director: Alyson Campbell | Composer/Dramaturg: Meta Cohen
SWERVE [Melbourne, 2021]
Meta has been commissioned to create a new work for vocal consort and string quintet as part of the Homophonic! RESPECT commissioning project.
Commissioned and devised by Artistic Director Miranda Hill.
The piece will be premiered in 2021 (details TBA).
Supported by Creative Victoria
HEDDA GABLERGABLERGABLER [Melbourne, La Mama Courthouse, 2021]
A Paper Mouth Theatre production, dir. Mary Angley
A Competitive Deconstruction of Ibsen’s Greatest Heroine.
Hedda Gabler was a Feminist battle-cry in 1891, but 129 years later, do we need more stories about bourgeois angst and pretty-dead-women?
Each night, three women will compete against each other to decide who will play Hedda in each scene. The roles will not be predetermined. The competitions will be real.
Blurring the worlds of fiction and reality, Hedda GablerGablerGabler interrogates the actors’ personal dedication to this iconic part. Why are we so obsessed with Hedda? What does it mean to play her? And how should we interact with a literary canon that prioritises the experiences of the privileged?
THE MEDUSA PROJECT [Melbourne - in development]
A Liminal Theatre production, dir. Robert (Draf) Draffin
The Medusa Project explores survival and the cyclical violence of history, by colliding the myth of Medusa with the true story of the Raft of Medusa. It is an immersive, poetic work, with the audience scattered through a gallery space containing performers, a grand piano, and vast, metaphoric images projected across all surfaces.
SHE WRITES RESIDENCY [Melbourne]
She Writes is a new writing and performance program for emerging or mid-career female-identifying playwrights. This program offers participating writers support networks and professional development to generate the next wave of unique performance writing, ready for when stages become live again.