In the Interest of Peace- Fringe Festival
In the interests of peace is a comical satire that unhinges the dilemma of combat soldiers carrying out peacekeeping roles. Set in Timor Leste (East Timor) during the 2006 Crisis, this delightful puppet play features a cross-cultural cast of finely crafted puppets, and is a sharp insight into the often untold local community experience of peacekeeping. In the interests of peace is a hilarious and mindful work featuring performance by Timorese artists and a bilingual narrative. In the interests of peace celebrates laughter against adversity and reveals the twisted reality of political circumstance.
(This research is the basis for a puppet play entitled In the Interests of Peace )
This research was presented in East Timor (UNTL) and together with my films in Finland (Helsinki).
'Peacekeeping in the interests of peace, A gendered response to the Australian Defence Forces in Timor Leste 2006'
BOOK: Published in 'Gender, Mobility and Citizenship in Asia' edited by Mikako Iwatake , Renvall Institute publications, Helsinki Part 2 pg 118-146
PEACEKEEPING REFORM: (set of recommendations based on research above)
'In the Interests of Peace' is a set of guidelines and laws for peacekeeping reform
In the Interests of Peace published in Graduate Women by Australian Federation of Graduate Women
ABOUT THE WRITER / CREATOR: In the interests of peace is written and created by Rochelle Humphrey. This work is derived from her personal experience, whilst pregnant in Timor during the height of the violence in 2006. Her experiences shaped a unique on the ground understanding of the crisis, which also prompted questions about the role of peacekeeping. In the interests of peace is part of a wider multi-platform works including several films produced and filmed in Timor. In addition to published research ‘Peacekeeping in the interests of peace: A gendered response to Australian Peacekeeping in Timor Leste, 2006 in ‘Gender Mobility and Citizenship in Asia (edited by Mikako Iwatake, Helsinki, 2010). Rochelle’s creative endeavors utilizing several mediums all share a common thread -human rights. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor of Fine Art, (major in sculpture), Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration and Management, and Masters of Arts- International Relations with a specialization in Human Rights and International Law.
In the Interests of Peace Creative team for season at Revolt (Fringe 2013):
Rochelle Humphrey: Writer/ Director/Producer
Timorese Voice Animators:
Michaela Francesca Victor Silva: Amena
Natheniel Soares: Kote noko
Eva Borges Pereira: Dare noko
Rafael Beni Pinto Soares da Silva: Abilo and Stage Hand
Eusebio Goveia: Timorese assistant
Dan Goronszy: Puppeteer and workshop convenor (voice characterisation)
Avril Mc Queen: Puppeteer
Lois Conlan: Puppeteer
Claire Frost: Puppeteer