PRODUCTIONS

ASYLUM

"Is fate getting what you deserve, or deserving

what you get?"


Written in 2012
First performed in 2014

GODS AND MONSTERS

"I try to close my eyes and think of happier things... happy things... something."

Written in 2013

First performed in 2015

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

"Five. Four. Three. Two. One. 
Fumes. Gas. Pills. Rope. Wrists. 
Five. Four. Three. Two. One."


Written in 2014
First performed in 2015

WONDERLAND

"I hit the silver pool face first and fell through the looking glass into my reality."


Written in 2014
First performed in 2015

PASSING SHADOWS

"Life. Death.

Life, again."


Written in 2014

THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND

"I don't want to kill

the ice cream man."


Written in 2015

NINA

"I lay in the street with her broken body."


Written in 2015

TERRENCE LOVES YOU

"Suburbia never killed anyone."


Written in 2016

SOLITARY
PATIENT

"I'll come here. I'll know it. I'll come here and I'll know it and I'll be alive. Yes. I'll still be alive."


Written in 2016

SOLITARY
SLEEPWALKER

"You know what I did.

I don't remember."



Written in 2016

SOLITARY
GRAVEDIGGER

"This is the first grave I've ever dug, that's pretty grim if you think about it."


Written in 2016

SOLITARY
SCARECROW

"Poor in material and spiritual wealth, we decay inside the concrete."


Written in 2016

SOLITARY
FINGERTHROAT

"Can you do anything about

the taste in my mouth?"


Written in 2016

SOLITARY
MOUSE

"He told us earth

was really dying."


Written in 2016

APOCALYPSE

"I hope the motherfucker burnt."


Written in 2016

CHIMERA

"Mercy died a long time ago."


Written in 2016

ROSES

"The entire country was

founded on blood, honey.

There's no escaping that."


Written in 2017

NIGHT TERRORS

"Let me in."



Written in 2017

ΠΥΡ ΥΔΡΩΤΟΣ 
VULCURNICA

"The fire seems ceaseless; 

it burns into the

night and the stars."

Written in 2017

ΠΥΡ ΥΔΡΩΤΟΣ
ACQUA BAEDEKER

"All I ever wanted to be was complete."

Written in 2017

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

“O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.”

Written in 2018

First performed in 2018

MEAT

“As long as we are hungry

we shall eat.”

 

Written in 2018

DESCENSUS

“Your love is selfish.”

 

Written in 2018

NEW WORK
COMING SOON

  

ASYLUM

Adapted from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' by Ken Kesey

 

First Performed

November 24, 2014

"Is fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?"


Committed by a scorned lover, the New Girl has to navigate life within a mental hospital. However, as she meets her fellow patients she discovers violent machinations within the facility and that the only insanity to be found belongs to the Head Nurse.

Inspired by 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', Asylum looks at the prejudices and assumptions made surrounding mental health that began in mental institutions during the 1960s and are still engrained in our society today. 

GODS AND MONSTERS

 

First Performed

September 21, 2015

"I try to close my eyes and think of happier things...

happy things... something."

Diana lives trapped inside a picture perfect dollhouse. Her mother, ever-smiling, hosts her father and his mistress, her brother manages existence with anti-depressants and marijuana, and her sister has been missing for two weeks and nobody has batted an eyelid.

Determined to find her sister, Diana is dragged

into the night and into a world of monsters.

Gods and Monsters is a hyper-surrealist nightmare that tackles domestic abuse, drug addiction, and the horrors of conformity.  Set between the sickeningly plastic adult world of the dollhouse and the uncontrollable adolescent hedonism of the woods, this production tracks an extreme rite of passage

that can only end in tragedy.

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Adapted from 'The Virgin Suicides' by Jeffrey Eugenides

First Performance

November 5, 2015

"Five. Four. Three. Two. One.

Fumes. Gas. Pills. Rope. Wrists.

Five. Four. Three. Two. One."

Cecilia Lisbon tried to kill herself. The second time she succeeded.

In the aftermath of her death her family continue to live but the teenagers living alongside the four remaining Lisbon sisters attempt to make sense out of the thirteen year old's senseless suicide.

One year after Cecilia's death, all of the Lisbon daughters

will have taken their own lives. But why?

This adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' infamous novel cuts deep into small-town suburban life, examining the ennui, cynicism and loss of innocence that defined adolescence in the United States during the years leading up to the turn of the century.

 

WONDERLAND

Adapted from 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll

First Performance

November 27, 2015

"I hit the silver pool face first and fell

through the looking glass into my reality."

After a chance encounter with a white rabbit on a night out, Alice is given a free sample of 'Drink Me', a new drug circulating through the underworld. As Alice chases down the rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland, a new club anticipating a busy opening night. Unable to escape and surrounded by vice and sin, Alice deteriorates, losing herself within excess she has never experienced before.

This adaptation of Lewis Carroll's nonsense novel brings focus to issues surrounding substance abuse and addiction. 

Wonderland places rave culture under a microscope and interrogates how easily young people can be drawn into a world of drugs.

 

PASSING SHADOWS

“Life. Death. Life, again.”

Los Angeles: City of Angels, Garden of Evil, the Edge of Paradise.

By the highway, next to the motel, lies a sole lamp post standing on the street corner. Beneath its beacon are three women, renting their bodies to whoever passes as they share the corner and their individual stories of abuse, conformity and repression

in order to achieve their American Dream.

Following three prostitutes in Bel Air, Passing Shadows is an extreme exploration of 21st century sexism and the continual objectification of women in our consumer society. Entwining a feminist narrative with comedy and horror, this production aims to distinguish

the painful differences between sex and love in a world

that has given up on light.

 

THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND

"I don't want to kill the ice cream man."


Between the estate and suburbia lies the playground. Within this crumbling landscape, sex and love are confused; lust is abundant; but the youth inhabit the playground to avoid the world. Reality blurs into the surreal; words battle to maintain meaning. 

This is where the devil plays. This is where everything comes to die.

The Devil's Playground is a bildungsroman detailing a broken generation of adolescents exposed to sex, drugs and murder

at too early an age. Located within an eerie, desolate policed state,

this piece explores the betrayal, addiction and indifference

that affects young people in the 21st century. 

 

NINA

"I lay in the street with her broken body."

Welcome to Nina's life, an assortment of objects littered with relevance to a string of events that have left her in pieces. Isolated within a putrescent waiting room, Nina recreates her life while drowning out the love she lost too soon.

Nina is a one woman show about motherhood and immobilization. Action and inaction haze together alongside drama and storytelling in this intimate and harrowing tale of devotion and deceit.

 
 

"Suburbia never killed anyone."

Three houses side by side on a picturesque suburban street, each containing a family with their own secrets. Trapped within the white picket fences, the nuclear inhabitants of small-town suburbia

soon find themselves exposing their tales of

violence, neglect and obsession.

Spanning 18 years, Terrence Loves You is a work of epic theatre following three mothers as they battle to keep their families safe and escape the monstrosities clawing at their doors. Terrence Loves You is about the birth of a psychopath, the conflict between nature and nurture, and the perversion of love in the modern world.

TERRENCE LOVES YOU

SOLITARY

“I’ll come here. I’ll know it.

I’ll come here and I’ll know it and I’ll be alive. Yes. I’ll still be alive.”

Isolation, eating away at each and every one of us; the lonesome gravedigger with their scanty plots; the gloomy scarecrow with their cheap narcotics; the sleepwalker, deaf to the world; Fingerthroat’s constant union; and the ever patient Patient.

Solitary is a collection of six short plays each exploring identity through a different kind of horror: human experimentation, a confrontation with Death, grave-robbing, substance abuse, STIs and the end of the world. These narratives are woven together to paint a bleak, unflinching picture of the modern world that depicts the suffocation of individualism within cultural hegemony.

Solitary: Patient
Solitary: Sleepwalker
Solitary: Gravedigger
Solitary: Scarecrow
Solitary: Fingerthroat
Solitary: Mouse
 

APOCALYPSE

"I hope the motherfucker burnt."

Stranded miles underground, a group of survivors wander amongst subterranean wreckage trying to piece together the ruins of their lives, striving to return to a world where meaning once made sense.

Set in the aftermath of a devastating explosion, Apocalypse investigates our response when we are directly confronted with an act of terror. In depicting human perseverance in the face of adversity, Apocalypse offers hope in the face of destruction and the possibility for a brighter world to be shaped by individual action. 

 

CHIMERA

“Mercy died a long time ago.”


chimera                                                                                                        

noun                                                                                                             

  1. a fire breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s        body, and a serpent’s tail.                                                                 

  2. a thing which is hoped for but is illusory or impossible to       

 achieve.                                                                                       

Chimera is a piece of surrealist theatre that examines the treatment of refugees following a nuclear fallout, critiquing the

political exploitation of vulnerable bodies

in order to better the lives of the 1%.

 

ROSES

"The entire country was founded on blood, honey.

There's no escaping that."

Los Angeles: City of Angels, Garden of Evil, the Edge of Paradise. 

The Palace sits in the Californian Hills, a place where lust and transgressions find their home. Yet finances are tight

and the brothel is soon threatened with closure,

an act that its owner will do anything to prevent from happening.


Set within an alluring recreation of a David Hockney painting, Roses is about the nature of fame, happiness and capitalism within California. In painting its picture of sex workers beyond sex, the abuse they face and the cost of freedom, Roses aims to open its viewer’s eyes to a new kind of passion and a new kind of suffering.

 

NIGHT TERRORS

“Let me in.”

Nightmares, forming our identities, shaping our paths, guided by the hand of horror itself: a missing child, the minutes before suicide, the loss of a lover, being alone in the world. He preys on all of us. He drifts in between our dreams and our reality for sport.

Night Terrors is a surrealist collection of real and imagined conversations taking place between reality and the world of dreams, a distorted vision of a family as they become entrapped within a new-age cult focused on the second coming of Jesus Christ.

 

ΠΥΡ ΥΔΡΩΤΟΣ

VULCURNICA

"The fire seems ceaseless; it burns into the night and the stars."


Two lovers rest upon a hillside, staring out into the Mediterranean beneath the mountain’s shadow. As they share their true love with one another, they edge towards cataclysmic collapse.


Vulcurnica is a reflection on gender and sexuality, exploring the inequalities and cruelties of sexual oppression and the exploitation of relationships defined by power and ownership.

ACQUA BAEDEKER

"All I ever wanted to be was complete."

 

A midnight break-in to a public swimming pool finds Kobalos constructing an imagined landscape as he stares into the water and sees a vision of loneliness in the land of the dead.

Acqua Baedeker is a meditative study on mortality and identity as an outsider using Petrarchan, Shakespearean, Futurist and Dadaist forms of poetic verse with surrealist theatre to shape a stream of consciousness leading to the biggest decision of Kobalos’ life.

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Written by William Shakespeare / Adapted by Frederick Zennor

 

First Performed

June 9, 2018

"O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength,

but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant."

 

Los Angeles: City of Angels, Garden of Evil, the Edge of Paradise. Vienna Studios is mid-production on their new film, however

chaos reigns off-set and the director steps down; handing the

helm to his puritanical assistant director. With the lead actor

soon to be executed for his sins, it is up to his sister to save 

him from the chopping block.

This production of Measure for Measure is a modern day take on Shakespeare’s infamous problem play focusing on issues of sexual assault, consent, and harassment within 21st century Hollywood. 

 

MEAT

“As long as we are hungry we shall eat.”

Trapped within a concrete jungle, Mickey and Zoe Markham recover from their encounter with the new-age cult that kidnapped their son. Out of work and slowly starving the family get by on food coupons doled out by the government until Mickey finally lands a job at a slaughterhouse, a place where murder is rewarded and demons are let out to play.

Meat is an exploration of the food industry and its effect on its workers. Set within a slaughterhouse, the play interrogates the psychological results of killing animals, the dangerous spaces in which toxic masculinity is able to thrive as well as the projected global horror of overpopulation, dwindling resources

and income inequality.

DESCENSUS

 

“Your love is selfish.”

Zachary Klein had a sudden, violent heart attack on his way home from the gym. Supervised by EMTs and rushed to the hospital, he died on the operating table. Grieving in the hospital waiting room, Samuel Northwood is offered the chance to descend into hell and recover his lost love from eternal torment. However the chaos of the pit takes its toll as Sam becomes enthralled by the souls trapped and tormented there. As time runs out, Sam fights to find Zach before his soul is lost forever.

Descensus is an exploration of LGBTQ+ trauma, a contemporary reworking of Dante’s Inferno that examines the political challenges faced by the queer community in the modern era. This production challenges the notion that equality has been achieved by the Pride movement; it is a call to arms for those who continue to suffer and are silenced.

NEW WORK
COMING SOON

 

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