Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Christopher M. Ryan, Deeply Offensive & Utterly Untrue [performance]. Premiere season 24 August - 8 September 2007, CarriageWorks in Eveleigh; Victorian and New South Wales tour 2009. Production information is available here. Christopher Ryan was a part of the Collaborative Team and Outside Eye / Physical Dramaturgy. Download here a 1.2MB Quicktime file of a preview of the performance at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, 20-23 May 2009. Review here.



Research background

‘Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue’ is an original work of documentary theatre by company, ‘version 1.0’ that investigates the Australian Wheat Board 'Kickbacks' scandal. The production is responses to the 8,500 page Cole Enquiry transcripts. ‘version 1.0’ is an ensemble of artists who make performance through collaboration, investigating and also enacting democracy. Their performances are simultaneously political and intensely personal, based on strong research, and engage with significant political and social issues.

Research contribution

As physical dramaturg and ‘outside eye’, Ryan was a key member of the creative and research team for this production by Version 1.0. His role provided objective dialogues and 'on the floor' exploration of physical strategies for the creation of scene work, transitions and the construction of meaning.

Research significance

  • Winner of Special Panel Award for Innovation, 2009 Drovers Awards for Touring Excellence.
  • Winner of Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production, 2010 Helpmann Award.
  • Developed with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW.
  • Premiered at Performance Space, CarriageWorks 2007 and toured throughout regional NSW in 2009 with Arts On Tour.