Company: Belloo Creative & Queensland Theatre
Year the project commenced:2018
Year it became impossible:2020
Audience not reached:7,140
Writer - Katherine Lyall-Watson
Director - Caroline Dunphy
Assistant Director – Nasim Khosravi
Dramaturg - Kathryn Kelly
Lighting designer - David Walters
Set & costume designer - Penny Challen
Sound designer - Brady Watkins
Phaedra - Angie Milliken
As part of The Impossible Project we have been inviting artists to undertake 'micro-commissions'. They are either invitations to conceive of, attempt and document an attempt at An Impossible Task or to undertake a conversation with Anna Tregloan where she will attempt (the similarly impossible task) of capturing aspects of their creative endeavours in sketch form.
As Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy had embarked on the creation of Phaedra, much of what they created in an imagined version of a dystopian future came to be. The most horrific fires in memory ravaged the country, the Prime Minister said he would be attending a football match despite a pandemic, there was talk of Queensland being forced to secede from the rest of the country following a divisive election and, by the time Anna Tregloan sat down to talk with the duo all of the state boarders were closed.
It had been an exhilarating and daunting creative process which led to a complex, darkly comedic and often prescient script. A script which, of course, never made it to rehearsals.
Tregloan made a sketched attempt to capture this complexity - naturally it was impossible.