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Where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!


Black Hole Theatre comprises an ever evolving group of puppeteers, performers, visual artists, designers, filmmakers, composers and other collaborators. Founded in 1993 in Melbourne, Australia the company is committed to the development of puppetry as a powerful force within contemporary theatre. We engage with artists, initiate dialogues and create pieces that embraces multiple art forms. We create original works, produce events, facilitate the work of independent artists, collaborate with other companies in creating material, and run a variety of workshops for professionals, families and young people. Our work appears in theatres, on the street, in pubs and shop windows.

Awards: 2003 Nancy Black received a Green Room Award for Outstanding Direction in Independent Theatre for Caravan. In the Beginning received a Green Room Award nomination for Nancy Black as Best Director of a New Form in 2007. The 2008 production of Coop won 3 Green Room Awards in the Alternative Theatre category: Best Production, Best Lighting and Best Sound.

2016 was an astonishing year for all sorts of reasons – some good, and some very bad indeed. Our work, however, flowered in powerful and provocative ways.

Les Méduses, our exquisitely beautiful jellyfish, had a busy year: Melbourne’s White Night, Canberra’s Enlighten Festival, Geelong After Dark, Port Douglas Carnivale, Paramatta’s Winterlight Festival, the Stonnington Winter Arts Festival, and, to our great joy, they’re off to the USA in January 2017. Different audiences, different ages, different expectations in the middle of winter! The Méduses will melt the coldest heart!



BLIND: Puppetry with Punch

Stirring, poignant, physical, and lyrical, BLIND, our extraordinary collaboration with the Duda Paiva Company, has gone from strength to strength. Created by Nancy Black and DPC’s Duda Paiva, the one man show is inspired by Duda’s struggle with his childhood blindness. Following its premiere at the World Puppetry Festival in France in 2015, BLIND continues to tour Europe, and in March had a sellout season at TheatreWorks in Melbourne. The only Australian show invited to the prestigious Wuzhen Festival in China, it thrilled those audiences as well, and negotiations have begun for a multi-city China tour in 2018.

The Book of Revelations

We are continuing to develop Alison Richards’ The Book of Revelations – a bold, immersive performance installation that will open at 45 Downstairs in July 2017. Each audience member will have a unique experience, delving into the strange and unpredictable world of Ada, a woman hovering in the doorway of dementia. It’s dark, poetic, moving and yes, funny. the Designed by artist Paul Newcombe, composed by Christine McCombe and Faye Bendrups, directed by Nancy Black, performed by Alison Richards, sound by David Franzke, lighting by Phil Lethlean.

And then our other plottings…..a political slam slated now for 2017. Watch this space!

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