Identity Theatre is an award winning independent theatre company based in Melbourne Australia founded in 2002.
Identity Theatre is on Kulin Country and we pay our respects to this nation, their elders and extend that respect to all.
TS Eliot's masterpiece, The Waste Land was staged at Jack's Magazine in 2022, 100 years after first publication. Described by Andrew Epstein as a wildly experimental, cacophonous and moving poem of despair and spiritual hunger, it was forged in the flames and devastation of the First World War. 100 years later, has much really changed in our culture?
What people said about the performance:
"...one of the best pieces of theatre I have attended..."
"...excellent..." Chris Boyd reviewer for The Australian
"...evocative... a fantastic performance..." Chris Thompson Behind the Scenes
Identity Theatre is an independent theatre company based in Melbourne Australia. Alongside theatre performances, we run workshops and interpersonal communication training programs.
The Fisher King - a wounded King representing the wounded creative in all of us is a key figure in TS Eliot's poem.
'You gave me Hyacinths first a year ago...' Recent commentary suggests that the Hyacinth girl was in fact TS Eliot's love for over 30 years. Hyacinths symbolise many things - the flower of the God Apollo, and the colour 'violet' which is referred to several times in the text.
Deep into the poem, we encounter the Chapel Perilous. Referred to as part of the Grail Quest, within the poem, the great 'bastion' of the West is now only 'the wind's home' where 'dry bones can harm no one' (a reference to the Book of Ezekiel).