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Decameron 2.0

“…as I doubt not you know, the understanding of mortals consisteth not only in having in memory things past and taking cognizance of things present. But in knowing, by means of the one and the other of these, to forecast things future is reputed by those of mark to consist the greatest wisdom. Tomorrow, as you know, it will be fifteen days since we departed Florence, to take some diversion for the preservation of our health and of our lives, eschewing the woes and dolors and miseries which, since this pestilential season began, are continually to be seen about our city. This, to my judgment, we have well and honourably done.”

So said one of Giovanni Boccaccio’s storytellers in the 14th century masterwork THE DECAMERON. A different kind of pestilence has beset our age, but the preservative power of story remains just as true for us. As does the hope that through story, told by many and varied voices, we reach closer towards wisdom. Wisdom about ourselves and our world. Using Boccaccio’s work as a springboard for ours, welcome to DECAMERON 2.0, presented by State Theatre Company South Australia and ActNow Theatre.

Each week, 10 South Australian writers will create 10 new characters and 10 new stories, which will be performed by 10 actors, recorded on film and digitally delivered to you over 10 weeks. 100 stories from an array of emerging and established writers, inspired by some of Boccaccio’s themes, presented in a modern and subverted context.

Many of these writers and actors have lost work due to cancelled theatre productions. We’re thrilled that, with the support of the State Government’s COVID-19 Grant Support Program, we can activate and unleash their imaginations and talents upon you, as they offer a new twist on South Australian life, cataloguing our first steps out of the isolation of recent months and towards new wisdoms.

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Each episode of DECAMERON 2.0 will be released weekly.

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Meet the Team

In each week of DECAMERON 2.0, staff from ActNow and State Theatre Company South Australia will work closely with a range of emerging and established South Australian writers, directors and actors to produce original stories and characters, with First Nations, Queer and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse representation.

Support our Artists

While we await our return to theatre, we are grateful and excited to be able to present new forms of theatrical storytelling like DECAMERON 2.0. State Theatre Company South Australia are able to share projects like this through the generous support of you, our audience. If you are able donate, it will help our artists and theatre-making family who’ve been unable to work because of venue closures. It will mean we can roll-out community and education programs for the next generation of artists and theatre-makers.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and all donations, large or small, will go a long way to support our existing and planned work.

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This project was created and filmed on the lands of the Kaurna People who we acknowledge as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to Kaurna people living today and pay respects to Elders past, present and future.