Love, war & roller skates performance

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • 6.00pm–6.45pm
  • Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery
  • State Library Victoria
  • Swanston Street
  • Melbourne, Victoria
  • Australia

  • Creators: Christine Eid & Laurence Billiet
  • Actors: David Kemp, Sam Panettieri
  • Typography & animation: Letterbox
  • Backdrop: Megan Atkins
  • Ruby’s costume: Nevada Duffy
  • Archival footage: NFSA

Combining whimsical live performance, rare archival footage and evocative soundscape, the Rinking performance in the Red Rotunda at the State Library Victoria reveals tantalising glimpses into the story of the Beyer family. The full story is yet to be revealed, as it’s part of a long-term book project.

Rinking brings new life to the stories behind the State Library’s Dan Clifton Collection. Following the performance, a small selection of items from the collection is on display.

Without the support of the City of Melbourne 2017 Annual Arts program and the State Library Victoria’s partnership this project would not be possible and we are immensely grateful.

About the creators

Christine Eid’s research, curatorial and interdisciplinary arts practice TOW undertakes projects that embrace discovery, creative curiosity and greater understanding through storytelling.

Laurence Billiet’s production company GENERAL STRIKE produces content and events that engage curiosity, challenge preconceptions and inspire action.

Photographer: Sarah Walker


Webb, C., ‘Family tale revealed of love, war, and roller skates’, The Age, 29 October 2017

Webb, C., ‘Melbourne's first family of roller skating’, The Age, 29 October 2017