CARAPACE is a visionary, multi-disciplinary collective formed by artists Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman, Cathy Hunt, Claire Deak, Meg Dunn, Justin Gardam, Lauren Bennett, Marlon Grunden, Elnaz Sheshgelani and Yuchen Wang. We bring work to life that disrupts and destabilises the apparent surface of things, troubling the flatness of the everyday with the luminous, the reverberating, the resounding and the uncanny. Our work is speculative, sustainable and eco-feminist in intent, we have an embedded commitment to diversity in collaboration.
Our aesthetic is magical, strange and sometimes surreal. We use text, physical performance, puppetry, animation, sound and music to interrogate social structures that confine and frame our lived reality.
Just as a carapace is a protective structure for a sea creature or insect, something which vulnerability can shelter within, our work embodies and strangely articulates vulnerabilities of all kinds. Carapace allows new possibilities to flourish, letting the surrounding numinous world be glimpsed beyond dark and present realities.
SEASON DATES MARCH 2nd until 12th 2022
What do you do when you find out your father tried to kill your mother?
a) Forgive him, move on and love him despite the fact? b) Erase him completely from your memory? or c) Employ a spirit medium and have a few words with him. Briony chose option c) and this play is the result. Phantasmagoria explores the complex relationship between a woman and her violent father long after he has passed away. Briony unearths her father’s childhood experiences in Sri Lanka, his brutal World War 2 history in Burma, migration, alcoholism, and his family’s eventual escape from him. Using a lens of magic realism, the work plunges beneath a seemingly everyday domestic space to reveal family secrets, hauntings and complex emotional landscapes. Travelling back and forth through time and space, Phantasmagoria is a sensorial feast flavoured with grief, love, loss, absurdity, surprise and a generous dose of magic. Dynamic and sensitive performance, comedy, puppetry and evocative animated imagery give physical life to the liminal realm of ghosts and the unseen.