The thing I loved, the thing I wanted, was that feeling. Before any of it even begins. The last count in the countdown. The premonition of lightning. When a taste hits your tongue – sweet, sour, salt – and your nerves are firing, asking is it good, is it bad, is it going to kill me? Before you truly know whether to spit it out and start again.
Caitlyn is an up-and-coming child star. Bobby is a beloved comedic icon. Sam is their manager, with the idea to pair them up and make Australian television history. What could possibly go wrong? Salt pulls back the curtain of nostalgia to reveal the darker side of light entertainment: a whirlwind-memory of video hits and after-school sitcoms, of canned laughter and crocodile tears, of kids growing up too fast and adults refusing to grow up at all.
From the award winning and critically acclaimed She Said Theatre (HART, Fallen, Bock Kills Her Father) comes this unflinching new work that turns the spotlight back on the entertainment industry. What are we feeding our children? And whose appetite is really to blame?
Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham
Performed by Brigid Gallacher, Artemis Ioannides, Scott Major
Stage Managed by Piper Huynh
Sound design and composition by Raya Slavin
Costume design by Chloe Greaves
Set design by Owen Phillips
Lighting design by Amelia Lever-Davidson
Video design by Michael Carmody
Image by Pier Carthew