“Scott Wright’s show is by turns shocking, sordid and banal. Here the supposed cuteness of puppets travels down into the uncanny valley, in which replicas and representations of people are so almost-but-not-quite human that the effect is disturbing. The puppetry, under the direction of Rod Primrose, with a design by Steve Howarth and the Erth Studio Team, is masterful, and, given the provocative content of this show, I mean that in a nice way.”
– John McCallum, The Australian, 7/1/13 Read full review
“From killer puppets to a giant yellow duck, The Daily Telegraph’s arts team relives its top Sydney Festival moments… Erth: This show’s disquieting meditation on the many and varied inclinations to extreme violence, while flawed, was so utterly mesmerising it mattered little. For its ambition and vision alone this was a festival highlight.”
– Daily Telegraph, 26/1/13
“Boldly going into territory few theatre companies would dare venture near, Erth plunge to the dark side and explore both the awful stories of violent death and our collective obsession with them. Thoughtful, compelling, entertaining and nasty in just about equal measures.”
– David Sefton, Adelaide Festival Director
Concept & Direction Scott Wright
Writer Raimondo Cortese
Design Steve Howarth & Erth
Sound & Lighting Design Phil Downing
Choreographer Kate Champion (courtesy Force Majeure)
Puppetry Director Rod Primrose
Performers Graeme Rhodes, Rod Primrose, Michelle Robin Anderson, Gavin Clarke, Katina Olsen
Producer Harley Stumm – Intimate Spectacle
- Duration 65 minutes
- Venue up to 250 seats, must have intimate feel due to content and size of puppets. The stage design is suited to end-on black box, proscenium arch and non-traditional spaces. In the round or thrust configurations are unlikely to be suitable.
- Stage: Minimum performing area 8m W x 6m D plus backstage/wings = 10m W x 8m D minimum stage. Minimum height 5m.
- Touring Company 8 (5 performers, AV/SX/LX operator, PM/SM, Director)
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival and Ten Days on the Island. Murder has also been supported by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council and by Carriageworks.