Screen Me

Sapidah Kian, Georgina Naidu, Kelli Jean Drinkwater and Amos Gebhardt (VIC)

Screen Me is a performance project exploring representation on screen, inspired by the lead artist’s experience as the only visible person of colour on an Australian police procedural in the late 90s.

Sapidah Kian is a director, actor, theatre maker and dramaturg, working across theatre, film, television and radio. She is joined by a powerhouse team of collaborators, artists who all work in screen media and live performance but whose bodies and narratives we are still not used to seeing.

The project explores how television, the most ubiquitous of contemporary cultural artefacts, has represented what it means to be Australian and asks where we are now. This participatory performance will be a vengeful autopsy of a dying medium, a citizens’ action to seize the means of pop-cultural production; part sinister-panto, part grim-reality programming.

Creative Team: Director, collaborative writer and performer – Sapidah Kian; Dramaturg, collaborative writer and performer – Georgina Naidu; AV dramaturg and consultant – Amos Gebhardt; Visual/editing collaborator and consultant – Kelli Jean Drinkwater; Producer – Toby Sullivan

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne.
Image: Sudabeh Kian


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.