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War and Peace puts you in the hands of one of the world's most notorious theatre collectives, Berlin's Gob Squad.

Forget the fourth wall. This performance breaks all the rules by incorporating footage from inside and outside the theatre. As a group of artisans in period costume gather to contemplate the grandeur of Tolstoy's epic novel over dinner, it becomes clear that their kitchen table is wired to a system of cameras, stretching out beyond the audience and into the city of Melbourne.

Both the actors and the audience may be aghast to discover that they resemble characters from Tolstoy's book. Closed-circuit camera footage reveals how a lack of conflict may arise from a lack of concern. Our notions of privilege are informed by a reality made comfortable and complacent by peace, so what happens when global conflict hits home?

One man's feast is another man's famine, and this is a feast of contradictions.

Content: Malthouse Theatre

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Under 30s and Student
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Cancellation and booking policy

1) All tickets are non-refundable. Exceptions may occur in particular circumstances as outlined in the Live Performance Australia code of conduct.2) Exchanges from one performance date / time to another are allowed for Malthouse Theatre Productions. 3) Exchanges from one production to another are not permitted.4) Tickets sold on behalf of other production companies are subject to the conditions applicable to that performance and / or venue. 5) When allowed, exchanges are charged at $5.00 per transaction.6) Malthouse Theatre subscribers are entitled to one free exchange per subscriber, with a $5.00 charge for each one after that. Full Malty subscribers receive unlimited free exchanges. 7) Tickets for exchange must be returned to the Box Office at least 24 hours prior to the performance you are exchanging out of.8) Exchanges may not be processed at the Box Office at peak times (e.g. in the half hour prior to a performance commencing).

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