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St Kilda’s Theatre Works presents The Motion of Light in Water this July; a queer sci-fi love story that celebrates the strength we find through our difference.

A thrilling journey into the imaginative possibilities of science fiction inspired by the life and work Samuel R. Delany.

In the early 1960s, Chip and Marilyn support one another in their struggles against intolerance and poverty. But for Chip, the only way he’s allowed to publish the truth about his subterranean identity – both racial and sexual – is in books with spaceships on the cover.

Far in their future, in a world threatened by the mysterious Invaders, poet Rydra Wong discovers an alien language – Babel-17 – and sets out on a quest that will either save civilisation, or destroy it.

With the assistance of a mysterious figure known only as Jewel, her path will converge with Chip’s – and transform the way we look at our shared future.

Created by award-winning Melbourne company, Elbow Room(2011 Green Room Awards, Best Director & Best Ensemble), The Motion of Light in Water is inspired by Delany’s autobiography of the same name, as well as his novels Babel-17 and Empire Star, and Marilyn Hacker’s acclaimed poem The Navigators.

Samuel R. Delanyis an Award Winning American author, professor and literary critic. He is the winner of four Nebula awards, two Hugo awards and earned a place in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The cast features Ray Chong Nee (Bell Shakespeare’s The Dream), Laura Maitland (Yes, Prime Minister), Emily Tomlins (Melbourne Festival’s M+M), Paul Blenheim (Salome), Tom Dent (Psycho Beach Party) and Jacinta Yelland who makes her stage debut.


Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda Dates: 17 – 27 July

Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 5pm Tickets: $15 – $25

Bookings: / 03 9534 3388 Hothouse Theatre


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