An underground fire is burning at a Melbourne landfill, filling the air with the smell of toxic waste. 

Dirty Old Town centres on Conor and Jess, two late-teens living in the suburbs of Melbourne. Set outside a landfill site, their regular meeting spot, Dirty Old Town takes place at critical junctures in their young lives. Their relationship highlights intersecting themes of youth and class in Australia, as the two seek to navigate the distinct challenges of their world.

Dirty Old Town questions the inherent values of our society, and examines the possibility of a better future.   

This project has been supported by Maribyrnong City Council as part of the Bluestone Church Arts Space Artist in Residence Program – Creative Development.

Content Warning: Haze

Directed by Charlotte Rogers.

Written by James Madsen-Smith

Performed by Bridie Noonan and Tyler Redman

Image by James Madsen-Smith


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.