THU 15 JUNE — SAT 17 JUNE
- General admission, seated
- 70 min
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.
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.