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A Roaring Silence | Installation

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A Roaring Silence | Installation

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
13 – 29 May 2021
Free admission

Roaring Silence is a ten-minute, multi-channel video installation by Deborah Pollard and Sean Bacon, part of Terra inFirma, a series of works that commenced in 2020 to mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook.

The installation is fiction and reflects upon the act of colonisation through a simple game played by children on a beach. As the children compete to grab each other’s territory, the innocent game begins to reveal some very adult behaviour. This territorial behaviour holds resonance with Australia’s Frontier Wars, a history white Australia often chooses to ignore and deny.

A Roaring Silence explores the behaviours and consequences underlying colonisation. It is a contemplative work that aims to give space for reflection and insight to gain a better understanding of the extent of the Frontier Wars in Australia and how little is still accepted or known about this history.

A Roaring Silence is a response to 250 years of colonisation in Australia that aims to centre acknowledgement and deep listening as art of today’s conversation surrounding invasion and ongoing colonisation.

Artist Talks

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Saturday 15 May, 11am – 12 pm
Free admission – registrations essential

Join Deborah Pollard and Sean Bacon for an insightful talk about their installation.


Deborah Pollard

Deborah Pollard is a Sydney based director, artist and academic. She has worked with Urban Theatre Projects, Version 1.0 and Performance Space among others. She was Artistic Director of Salamanca Theatre Company in Hobart from 1997 to 2000, and Interim Artistic Director at UTP in 2006/07. Deborah received the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship (2000), the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship (2001) and an Australia Council NMAB Fellowship (2002/03). She is currently lecturing in practice and theory at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Sean Bacon

Sean Bacon is on the cutting edge of theatre-making practice in Australia. He is at the forefront in the use of visual media in theatre, and is Australia’s leading practitioner working with video in live performance over the last decade. Sean has worked across the spectrum of theatre from contemporary experimental performance, to the independent sector and mainstream companies. He represents the vanguard for a growing interest in the use of visual media in the performing arts.

Image: Production still from A Roaring Silence, Deborah Pollard and Sean Bacon, 2020. Courtesy the artists.