The Substation
1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015

The Dispute

Yohanne Lamoulere


Bureau of Works is collaborating with Melbourne-based artist Jackson Castiglione to develop a theatre work about the childhood experience of parental separation. Based on the French production La Dispute by Mohamed El Khatib, this local version will come from the point of view of children, using their words, perspectives and ideas.

We are looking for families with children aged between 8 – 12 years who would like to participate in an initial research interview in February 2021. The interview questions will be carefully crafted to ensure the conversation is from the child’s point of view, exploring their perception of this event with them.

The resulting show will include a cast of 6 children in front of a live audience. Interviewees interested in this additional opportunity will be invited to an easy and gentle audition process to join the cast. Successful cast members will be paid an industry standard fee and asked to engage in 15 days of rehearsal process. The performance season will take place in late May 2021.

We are working in partnership with Step Families Australia, who support and strengthen stepfamilies through resources, education and training.

If you and your child are interested in the project, please contact us by filling out this form and we will be in touch with further information. You can also contact Executive Producer Erin Milne via the email listed at the bottom of this website.

Bureau of Works’ Child Safety Policy and our team member Code of Conduct are available to view.

Based on La Dispute, the original work of Mohamed El Khatib (FR)

Australian Team

Director: Jackson Castliglione

Executive Producer: Erin Milne

Child Welfare Producer: Romi Kupfer

Upcoming Dates

  • Melbourne dates to be announced in March 2021.