Sydney Festival presents


5 - 19 January 2013

World Premiere
Erth (Australia)

Barbaric acts of murder are rife in Greek tragedy and Shakespeare. Blood and gore killing sprees pervade the cinema screen and senseless slaughters dominate the evening news. How will I kill thee? Let me count the ways.

This is the question at the heart of a dynamic new work by visual theatre magicians Erth, inspired by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads. In a stark void inhabited by puppets and performers, director Scott Wright, writer Raimondo Cortese and choreographer Kate Champion create a world of love, lust and death.

An edgy and poetic soundtrack heightens the dark and dirty deeds while video projections plunge the audience into a mysterious and strangely alluring landscape.

Strong sexual themes and violence.
Recommended for 18+

Produced by Intimate Spectacle.

Photo: Susannah Wembley

News & Reviews

“The puppetry, under the direction of Rod Primrose, with a design by Steve Howarth and the Erth Studio Team, is masterful, …” – The Australian, 07 January 2013

“The project’s genesis at Erth began as a “viral test” at Sydney Fringe Festival two years ago. Members of Erth, which was not officially part of the Fringe, would invite audiences at bona fide festival shows at Carriageworks – where the puppet theatre is based – to see their “secret puppet show”. – The Australian, 24 December 2012