Which E, What Tag?

Which E, What Tag? was performed in 2002 with support from the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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The central plot explores the city of Melbourne’s newly introduced tolling system – CityLink. Within this social context the new tolling system caused a great deal of confusion for many consumers, who were faced with a relative alien top-up credit system.

This short work (approximately 20 minutes), centralised around the character Ruby (Palmer), a pensioner who travels from Keilor by taxi to the Crown casino to see Patty Newton live in concert.

Ruby is convinced by her taxi driver to purchase an E-tag for the journey, and inncorectly advised that any remaining top-up credits could be used in exchange for pokie credits at the casino. After taking in the Patty Newton show, Ruby sets out to have a ‘poke’, and is then apprehended by Crown security staff (Choler and Bolton), who interrogate her for attempting to be a scam-artist and for rorting the system – using toll credits, in exchange for pokie credits.

The score was improvised and performed lived by Motsamai (Hullick), using opened grand piano and amplification.


Brenda Palmer

Jen Choler

Georgia Bolton

Writer Director – Mark J Wilson

Dramaturg – Olga Prokopis

Composition – Motsamai  (James Hullick)