Bron Batten and Gary Abrahams (VIC)

Helpline is a participatory live artwork that utilises the ubiquitous helpline and product assistance service to explore isolation, therapeutic outreach and community care.

Working across theatre and live art, comedy and drama, Bron Batten and Gary Abrahams are multi-award-winning and prolific performance makers. Drawing on practices of participation, improvisation, direct address and collaborative exchange with non-artists and audience members, their recent works include Onstage Dating and Waterloo.

From Melbourne in lockdown, this new project sees the artists investigate the culture of call-in services, the liveness and intimacy of the socially-distanced telephone conversation, and the modes this new and pertinent performance could take.

Creative Team: Co-creators – Bron Batten and Gary Abrahams

This project is supported by City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and Creative Victoria.


Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.