TOME: a ‘spontaneously human performance’ at Riverina Playhouse

2 MAY 2019

TOME: a ‘spontaneously human performance’ at Riverina Playhouse

The current production at the Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga, TOME, is improvised theatre performed nightly from Wednesday 29 April until Saturday 4 May.

  • Experiment into depths of improvised theatre explores vulnerability of human condition
  • Absurdity and hilarity of scenes brings a deeper connection between actors and audience
  • Every night is a completely different show with new themes and ideas

The current production at the Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga, TOME, is improvised theatre performed nightly from Wednesday 29 April until Saturday 4 May.

This is the first theatre performance of the Persona Collective based at the Riverina Playhouse.

TOME is a ‘spontaneously human performance’ conceived and directed by Mr Jhi Rayner, a Master of Creative Practice student in the Charles Sturt University School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga.

TOME is an experiment into the depths of improvised theatre, taking the chaos of raw spontaneity and matching it with the vulnerability of the human condition,” Mr Rayner said.

“What is it to be truly vulnerable, when all you have to show to your audience is your other performers and who you are underneath?”

Filled with a mixture of present actors of the Bachelor of Creative Industries and past actors of the Bachelor of Stage and Screen, TOME challenges the traditional conventions of the theatre.

Both cast and crew, including the director, are unaware of where the show is going to take them, and there is no set script or even prompt to instigate the show.

“Trusting in each other and fully allowing themselves to be enveloped in the absurdity and hilarity of their scenes brings the connection between actor and audience deeper than ever before, allowing them to be truly affected,” Mr Rayner said.

“Every single night is a completely different show with new themes and ideas, and never apologising for them, the actors jumping into every situation head first and committing to it 100 per cent.

“The power that the show holds in its ability to move audiences is truly incredible, and I encourage people to see the show and be surprised by what they discover.”

The TOME season is from Wednesday 29 April to Saturday 4 May, every night at 7.30pm at the Riverina Playhouse.

Tickets are available from www.civictheatre.com.au, at the door of the Riverina Playhouse, or through the TOME event Facebook page.

The acting and performance department of the Charles Sturt School of Communication and Creative Industries is establishing the Persona Collective, a semi-professional performance company that links postgraduates, senior students, staff, and the community with the industry. The 2019 Persona Collective season will also be launched at 6.30pm on Saturday 4 May.

Persona Collective was established in 2007 (as Voice Theatre Lab) and is being reinvented in Wagga Wagga with the support of Charles Sturt University. Last year, the company performed Norm and Ahmed.


Media contact:

Wes Ward, 0417 125 795


Media Note:

Contact Charles Sturt University Media via news@csu.edu.au or Wes Ward on 0417 125 795 to arrange interviews.

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