2018 has been a big year of explorations and truth as a physical theatre artist, poet, director and teacher. Whiplash has been my main baby project, which I toured for a small mini-run at The Butterfly Club in March 2018 and will premiere officially at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018. Whiplash is a one-man show that literally pulls myself apart to discover the beating heart within. Speaking on the vulnerable male, the masculine gaze, mental health and social justice, Whiplash pulls no punches.
In February 2018 I was co-director of an online/interactive dance project THE FARTHEST POSSIBLE DISTANCE YOU COULD BE AWAY AWAY AWAY FROM ME with Charles Ball as part of Supercell Dance Festival. “Farthest…” was initially supported by Phluxus2 Dance Collective‘s annual IndepenDANCE program.
See a sneak peak below:
In 2017 I was granted an Arts QLD supported exploration of site-specific Live Art in Malaysia and Singapore, followed by immersive projects including The Hope Project and Run Amok.
The Hope Project (directed by Scott Wings at Hillscene Live Festival, Melbourne, 2017) is an immersive experiment in hope. Destined to become a larger promenade/interactive/immersive performance this footage is from a first draft at Hillscene Live Festival in the Dandenong Ranges.
Stationary footage of Food Fight at Testing Grounds (Melbourne Fringe) by the Testing Grounds team. This collaboration between myself and Malaysian dancer Chai Vivan premiered in Kuala Lumpur to a sold out audience, followed by a short run at Melbourne Fringe Festival. Food Fight breaks down barriers between cultures using food in a visceral interactive show.
In 2016 I directed and facilitated a site-specific immersive showcase of spoken word, theatre and skits at Kelvin Grove State College. This show was a beautiful journey after a series of poetry slams, movement training and spoken word creative workshops with KG students. It was a groundbreaking performance experience for the students, staff and family and friends alike.
Monster Stomp (Physical theatre and spoken word workshop) – in the lead up to the Creative Development session “Biscuits” by Ruckus, I led a weekend workshop using devised theatre methods such as Viewpoints techniques and Suzuki Physical Theatre Training.
2016 Creative Development Work / in development
Mediocre Men (physical theatre, comedy and spoken word) collaboration with Matt Caffoe
Status – in progress. Currently looking for funding and development opportunities.
DinosaurGO! (immersive theatre, treasure hunt, site-specific performance)
Status – can change depending on site for treasure hunt and artists involved. Always flexible to space and time.
Enjoy a few clips of my spoken word performance and poetry catalogue. This work is a bit long-in-the-tooth now as I move into exciting realms of immersive performance and interactive creativity. Check out the work I began to tour with in little cafe and bars packed with poetry!
Under my old stage name of Darkwing Dubs – I performed at TEDxYouth and won the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup.