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.
A new international and multicultural collaboration between First Peoples of Australia, Irish artists, and white Australians. The Indigenous and Irish populations share a history of severe oppression by colonisers. Set against the backdrop of the infamous Black Wars in 19th Century Tasmania, The Line examines the immediate impact of colonisation on Muka, an Aboriginal woman, and Brïd, a pregnant Irish convict. Seemingly opposed, both are battling the force that has devastated their cultures. Their ultimate bond provides refuge, affirmation, strength, and a path to mutual respect. MORE INFO…
AVAILABLE FOR TOURING:
- Les Méduses: Accompanied by an immersive aquatic soundscape, Les Méduses are illuminated, roving jellyfish puppets that float high above your head, swimming through the sky in an awe-inspiring aerial display. Suitable for day or night events, the Jellyfish have been enchanting children, teenagers and adults alike since taking the World Puppetry Festival by storm in September 2015.
- BLIND: Stirring, physical and lyrical, BLIND, is an extraordinary collaboration between Black Hole Theatre (AUS) and Duda Paiva Company (NL). This poignant solo work springs from Duda’s experiences as a child in Brazil. Suffering an undiagnosed debilitating illness that rendered him temporarily blind, his search for healing led to surprising discoveries.
- The Book Of Revelations: Part contemporary opera, part art installation where cutting edge technology meets visual theatre, The Book of Revelations marks a new approach to immersive performance. Each audience member will have their own unique experience; the everyday may never be quite the same again.
- THE LINE is an international cross-cultural collaboration between Dowtcha Puppets (Cork, Ireland) and Black Hole Theatre. Set against the British invasion of Tasmania during the frontier war, it examines a relationship between a Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) woman and a pregnant, escaped Irish convict. It imagines an unlikely relationship formed during one of Australia’s most shameful periods, and examines the force that brings them together against the political and cultural differences that separate them. THE LINE is not a history play – it re-imagines the past as a way to see possible futures and will resonate with worldwide audiences confronting wars, nationalism, and the refugee crises.