THE SHARED SPIRIT OF A CITY. CAPTURED IN A WORD.
Can one word change a city? Eternity did.
Resilience. Community. Endurance.
Rising from the cracks in the pavement, it took on a life of its own.
Chalked in the shadows for 30 years, it’s a one-word sermon that’s come to define the shared spirit of Sydney.
With four creative developments under our belt, we’re writing a new play that explores the spirit of Sydney at the turn of the millennium. It is a layered storyline that explores the concepts of eternity, belonging, new beginnings, and disappointments. In an age of immediate information and gratification, this work provides glimpses of the simple and the enduring, tantalising our desire for the permanent and eternal.
This ensemble based work will illuminate the Arthur Stace story, celebrating the man behind the legend of Sydney’s original Banksy. We'll look to the eve of the year 2000, in all its promise of newness and wonder of the unknown and we'll explore how Stace's Eternity ended up framing the city. With layerings of music and drama, history and mythology, spirit and purpose, we’ll bring to life how an often misunderstood man became not a pillar of pity, but power, woven into the fabric of our streets, connecting us all to this place on Gadigal country.
Through plague, war and redemption, ritual and fate; from copper stills to copperplate he was there, single-handedly championing hope in Darlinghurst and beyond. As the bells of change tolled across the decades, his mystery grew, until the keepers of the secret lured him into the spotlight.
The Eternity story has much to teach us about how to be together, and how to be alone, the importance of purpose, with, or without judgement, belonging, and our own personal quests for identity, forever in the shadows of our forebears.