About Performance

A bunch of kids have set out to bring a live audience to the urban Fantasia that is the under-side of the Flemington Bridge overpass. However, on the other side of the urban landscape, a bureaucratic plot is being hatched to undermine their efforts. Occupational Health and Safety manuals, insurance premiums and risk management plans are all being launched to destroy the young hopefuls. All seems lost. What are they to do?

The solution is simple: Fight back.

Kids Can Get Lost is a humorous performance about two Occupational Health and Safety Officers who attempt to run an educational course on Safe Family Roadtrips. The staging ground is the vast concrete floodway below the Yellow and Red Sticks of the CityLink Tollway. A place that is reminiscent of MTV Music Videos, Hollywood car chases and disaster movies; the perfect location for:
Crash Testing the Great Australian Holiday.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Season sold out

Sorry to say, but there are no more tickets left for KIDS CAN GET LOST

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Spilt Second DJ Set

If you didn’t get enough Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Devo or The Ramones when watching KIDS CAN GET LOST…

DON’T WORRY… Because we’re playing all those tracks plus more this Thursday 29th May from Midnight at the Next Wave Festival Club, Mercat Cross Hotel, 456 Queen St Melbourne (next to Vic Market)

“before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it”

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We recommend Six Minute Soul Mate

This website isn’t just promoting our own performance of KIDS CAN GET LOST. We’d also like to highlight other projects in the festival that we think are really extraordinary and that everyone should check out. One of these is:

Six Minute Soul Mate
by Sydney based performance group, Brown Council.

It’s based around a six minute speed dating structure, that appears simple at first, yet through the subtle shifts in the performance style and the intimacy of the space, creates an experience that treads that complex line between being hilariously funny and bleakly sad.

It runs until friday... so don't miss out!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday 18th Performance as normal

Flooding has subsided.

Performance will be going ahead at the advertised time of 5pm.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Off-site Forum

Tomorrow morning (Sunday 18) at 10am, Spilt Second will be taking part in Next Wave's first Polyphonic forum:


Off-Site will explore the ever-increasing expansion of performance and theatre into site-specific and non-traditional venues. Why do artists want to work outside of theatres and what are the implications for the audience? What are the performative devices and techniques that make these works successful or not? Off-Site will look at the history of site-specific work, broach new angles for discussing this mode of practice and investigate new movements, such as the rise in interventionist urban performance works.

Artists: Martyn Coutts (Chair), Kylie Belling, Matthew Kneale, post (Zoe Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor, Natalie Rose)

Date and venue: Sunday May 18 from 10:00AM at 2008 Next Wave Festival Club, Mercat Cross Hotel, 456 Queen Street, Melbourne

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. No interval.

Price: Free

Saturday 17 May Performance Canceled

Tonight's performance of KIDS CAN GET LOST has been canceled due to rain and flooding.

If you have bought tickets via The Event Shop you will be contacted on Monday to receive a full refund or the option to transfer your tickets to another night.

The Age article

Link to article

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Moonee Valley Leader Article

Melbourne icon sets the scene

Cathy Nilbett

THE bureaucratic obstacles that can stand in the way of everyday life provided inspiration for Kids Can Get Lost.

Producer and artistic director Matthew Kneale, of Ascot Vale, said his theatre group Spilt Second was interested in performing in unusual locations.

The performance will be staged next to a Melbourne icon, affectionately known as "the cheese sticks" under the CityLink tollway.

He said the group wanted to show the "beauty and imaginative potential" of the area.

"We live in Moonee Valley and love the concrete floodway near the yellow and red sticks on CityLink, and we really wanted to do a performance down there," Kneale said.

"It's a hidden place. The only people that go down there are cyclists and skater kids and a lot of people think it's ugly."

The group had to apply for permission from Melbourne Water and Transurban to use the floodway and incorporated the experience into the play.

"It was a six-month process of public liability and risk management submissions," Mr Kneale said.

In a case of life imitating art, Kneale said the performance mirrored their experience where they were told they had to participate in a course before getting access to the space.

"The audience is taken down to (Moonee Ponds Creek) and it's like they're experiencing the instructional videos that you watch at work," Kneale said. "It's making fun of the conventions of those instructional videos."

* Kids Can Get Lost will be performed from Thursday, May 16, to May 31 at 5pm. Meet at the Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington.

For bookings, phone 1300 727 432 or visit www.next wave. org.au


Friday, May 9, 2008

Volunteer positions full

Thankyou to everyone who offered to volunteer on KIDS CAN GET LOST. We have now filled all volunteer positions.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rob Stewart

Graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, majoring in Sound Design. Film: The Tragedy of Hamlet - Prince of Denmark directed by Oscar Redding; The Sandcastle directed by Robbie McEwen. Theatre: Senseless by Olivia Crang; Spring Awakening directed by Simon Stone; Ashes To Ashes directed by Sam Strong. Installation: Contagion by Gina Czarnecki; ...Or Nothing, Top 100, The Wanderer Meets The Pioneer, Return To Point and Universal Language - Alternate Reality by Arlo Mountford. Rob is also a 35mm and digital projectionist.

Reuben Brown

Reuben Brown is a performer and dramaturg for Spilt Second. In 2007 he assistant directed The Fireraisers with Max Gillies and Susie Dee and performed in Rageboy. Other performances with Union House Theatre include Working (2006) and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (2004). Reuben is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Music, majoring in voice and history. He has also travelled to Berlin and completed a diploma of German.

Esther Hayes

Esther Marie Hayes was born in Denver , Colorado she now lives and works in Melbourne as freelance costume designer. In 2006, Esther graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art: Production at the Victorian College of the Arts and was awarded the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship. Since graduating, Esther has worked with Inhouse, Spilt Second, Platform Youth Theatre, The University of Ballarat Arts Academy, The Victorian College of the Arts, Complete Works Theatre Company and Back to Back Theatre.

Shelly Lauman

Graduated from the VCA in 2005. Her stage credits include Macbeth STC, directed by Robert Menzies; Spring Awakening The Hayloft Project, directed by Simon Stone; Othello Retold Eleventh Hour Theatre, directed by Anne Thompson; Homebody/Kabul Theatre@risk, directed by Chris Bendall; Women Beware Women VCA, directed by Lindy Davies; Tag Hamlet VCA, directed by Roy Faudree.
Her film credits include Advantage, directed by Sean Byrne which screened at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival and 2008 Sundance Film Festival, soon to be seen at the 2008 St Kilda Film Festival.

Ellen Steele

Ellen Steele graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in Adelaide in 2006. Since graduating she has been involved in diverse creative projects from working on the development of Windmill Performing Arts production of Cat, to playing the Invisible Woman in a Fantastic Four stage show which toured Singapore. Highlights have included being a finalist in the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award for ‘Best Emerging Artist’ for her role as ‘Annie’ in Vitalstatistix’s production of Love. Ellen has recently finished filming the short feature Daniel, and is very excited to be working amongst the cheesesticks in her first Melbourne production.