Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Performance 

  • WHEN /

    3 – 6 Oct 2019

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre 

  • DURATION /

    70 minutes (no interval)

Melbourne International Arts Festival

Roots

3 – 6 OCT 2019

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Performance 

  • WHEN /

    3 – 6 Oct 2019

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre 

  • DURATION /

    70 minutes (no interval)

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

We need to know who we were, so we can imagine who we might be.

For anyone who has caught a show by 1927, the mere mention of the English theatre company is enough to light up the eyes. Theatre isn't quite the word for it, though: fusing handcrafted animation, live music, the visual aesthetic of early cinema and a fondness for the fantastic, weird and darkly hilarious, 1927 exists in a realm of its own.

roots builds upon a series of rarely told folktales that offer a glimpse into imaginations from a pre-industrialized age. Tyrannical ogres, magical birds, and very, very fat cats are brought to life with the company’s signature style, set to a live score involving Peruvian prayer boxes, donkey jaws, violins and musical saws.

This latest creation from 1927 considers the narratives of our forebears and how they might shape the stories of our future.

WRITER & DIRECTOR / Suzanne Andrade
ANIMATION & DESIGN / Paul Barritt
COMPOSER / Lillian Henley
COSTUME DESIGN / Sarah Munro
CO-DIRECTOR / Esme Appleton
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL / Francesca Simmons & David Insua-Cao

SPECIAL EVENT 

Get to know 1927
2pm, Sunday 6 October

Join the artists from roots on stage as they talk about their roles in bringing the show to life and what it’s like to be part of the 1927 team. You might even get to interact with the animation! Suitable for ages 10+.

Register here