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Oh Deer!


Past Event


$44 — 49
  • General admission, seated
  • 70 min

The Capitol – RMIT


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistive Listening
  • Auslan Translation
  • 50% Visual Rating
  • Audio Described Tours


  • Sitting
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Past Event

A playful performance work that burrows into pop culture’s most beloved stories and pulls the stuffing out of the orphan trope.
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A wide-eyed fawn alone in the forest. A circus elephant who learns to fly using his ears. A powerful ice princess whose parents are lost at sea.

Movie theatres, books and comics are full of little lost orphans who depend on themselves, pluck up the courage for adventure and make a few wisecracking friends along the way.

An orphaned character is the classic shortcut to depicting self-sufficiency, hijinks or the bumpy road to vengeance.

Of course, in reality, not everyone gets a happy ending. And the years don’t play as montages. But, for one hour, experimental art collective APHIDS make a lively new space with adults who’ve lost a parent to share some perfectly pleasant pathos.

Everyday people drape themselves in outfits akin to orphan drag. Once in character they test the fiction, form temporary bonds, act out, and become their own protagonists.

Grilling pop culture, one tissue at a time.

Artistic Team

Created By | APHIDS

Director, Lead Artist | Lara Thoms

Dramaturg | Mish Grigor

Producer | Anna Nalpantidis

Choreographer | Amrita Hepi

Costume Designer | Verity Mackey

Lighting Designer | Katie Sfetkidis

Video Artist | Solomon Thomas

Sound Design and Composition | Tom Smith and Rob Curulli

Stage Manager, Assistant Director | Cass Fumi

Production Manager | Nate Evers

Consulting Psychologist | Alana Fishman

Costume Assistant / Maker | Lauren Hunter

Make-up Artist | Lily Swan

Lighting Assistant | Harrie Hogan

Production Intern | Sylva Storm

Assistant Stage Manager | Stefan Grudza

Performers / co-devisers | Jason Hood, Panda Wong, Yoni Prior, Joshua Tavares, Robert Draffin, Roslyn Orlando, Josh Glanc, Amrita Hepi, Lara Thoms, Hallie Shellam, Tony Yap, Verity Mackey, Bron Batten, Alana Fishman and Elena Gomez.


This project was commissioned through RISING’s 2020 A Call to Artists initiative, a program supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

Commissioned and produced by RISING. Co-Commissioned by Transform.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the Besen Family Foundation.

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Besen Foundation
  • Transform

Image Credits

OH DEER! by APHIDS. Photo: Tommy Thoms

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