WITHIN THESE WALLS
About the show
Sink into the unsettling on 12 - 16 September 2023. In an eerie world of familiar objects and enormous walls, where fears grow into mental monsters, and there seems to be no escape..
Do we freeze, fight, fawn or flee?
WITHIN THESE WALLS conjures the question of how we cope when the world around us suddenly changes. Our ability to reframe our perspective can transform the ugliest of things, into strangely beautiful expressions of the human condition.
Exploring this vulnerable process through circus and theatre, the ultimate challenge is revealed; what happens when we look our fear in the eyes? Can the two of us exist at once?
WITHIN THESE WALLS is directed by Katie Cawthorne, a renowned Australian theatre maker and co-founder of The Anchor Theatre Company, with dramaturgy by Sebastien Neo Pasche (Circus Under My Bed by Flying Fruit Fly Circus). A combination well-versed in provoking and summoning the hidden emotional poetry from unassuming scenes.
The intriguing domestic set is designed by Eloise Kent (Eclipse, NICA 2022 and The Darkening Sky, Theatre Works 2022), and illuminated by Kris Chainey’s lighting design (Circonoclasm and Made to Measure, NICA 2022), to a soundscape crafted by Ian Moorhead (SLAP. BANG. KISS. Melbourne Theatre Company 2022) and brought to life through expert costuming by Laurel Frank (Circus Oz, founding member) with the unwavering support of the Melbourne Polytechnic costume and makeup students. The stage is poised for the thrilling, the frightening, and the astonishing.
Expect feats of contortion and swinging aerials layered in remarkable acrobatic storytelling. WITHIN THESE WALLS is unravelled by a unique, dexterous and highly skilled cohort of second year students, itching to thrill and surprise audiences with their debut performance.
Tickets between $18 - $40
Tuesday 12 September 7.30pm (Preview)
Wednesday 13 September 7.30pm (Opening Night)
Thursday 14 September 7.30pm
Friday 15 September 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 16 September 2:00pm
Saturday 16 September 7:300pm SOLD OUT
The National Institute of Circus Arts
39-59 Green Street, Prahran
PG – Recommended 12+ years
Explores themes of anxiety, suspense, and fear. May contain loud music and smoke haze.
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Earl Shatford, Gang (Charlie) Cheng, Helene Embling, Jess Love, Jon Griffingham, Mark Douglass, Mireille (Mimi) Goyette, Rong Lu, Siarhei (Serge) Sharapayeu, Vasily Ivanov, Jian Nei, Felicia O'Brien & Marco Paoletti.
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Staniforth Ricketson, Soliana Ersie, Brett Franzi.
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Special thanks to Circus Oz and Nexus Circus for their in-kind support, and to the costume design students from Melbourne Polytechnic for their collaboration on the project.
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