28 Jun 2015

Contract disputes over Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography

From Standing Room Only, 12:45 pm on 28 June 2015

There's a heated debate over the Silo Theatre production of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography’s decision to change the ending of Australian writer Declan Greene's play so the actors only strip to their underwear rather than completely.

People involved in Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography at Silo Theatre, Auckland.

From top right: Silo Theatre's Artistic Director Sophie Roberts, Playwright Declan Greene, Publicity shot for Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, Michael Hurst - photo:Tracey Stevens. Photo: Supplied.

Greene's play is supposed to end with the actors stripping naked - that's how it's been performed in Australia and that's what the contract Silo signed agreed to specifies. Silo Theatre is using the dispute as a selling point, reviewers are divided, and industry websites like Theatreview are hearing from people with polarised views. Lynn Freeman speaks to Declan Greene, Silo Theatre's Artistic Director Sophie Roberts, and Michael Hurst who was a speaker at a recent Equity NZ workshop about nudity and simulated sex on stage and screen.

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