Nutty take on creationism is inspired madness

A Review of Coop
The Age
By Cameron Woodhead

COOP achieves a brilliant synergy between puppetry and visual theatre. The show is inspired by an Hieronymus Bosch triptych, Garden of Earthly Delights. And the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Black Hole Theatre’s nutty take on biblical creationism is suffused with comic grotesquery and a strange and striking symbolism that I suspect would continue to pose mysteries after several viewings.




A Review of Coop
The Sunday Age – 24/2/2008
By John Bailey

An old man, senile, creates a world. Angels and demons soon populate it and humans enrage him with their waywardness. Though he’s God, he soon falls victim to a pair of rebellious characters, ultimately lying on his deathbed as the carcass of his only friend, a live chicken, dances across his body to the waltz of The Blue Danube.



Man’s descent into sin captured in chicken coop

A Review of Coop
The Sunday Herald Review
By Kate Herbert

A DEMENTED old man living in a chicken coop with his son and daughter sounds like a bleak scenario, but Coop is both grim and comical.

The collaborative production, devised by the ensemble of Black Hole Theatre, incorporates actors, visual imagery and puppetry.



Puppets at play with form & history

A review of Coop
Real Time – June-July 04 Edition
By Jonathan Marshall (at the UNIMA puppetry festival)

Originally devised as a musing on Hieronymus Bosch’s sensually grotesque altarpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1504), under the title In The Beginning… Uhmmm… (2006), Coop (2007) has evolved into a sophisticated work exploring themes identified by Artaud in his commentary on Bosch. Artaurd’s desire to smash through reality…






Cooped up with ‘God’ in black-humoured take on Genesis

The Age 7/02/08
By Jo Roberts
For Coop

BLACK humour inspires and feeds Melbourne’s Black Hole Theatre company. Sometimes unintentionally.

During a break in rehearsal for the company’s latest show of theatre and puppetry, Coop, director Nancy Black tucks into some roast chicken for lunch. Puppetry director Rod Primrose can’t do it. He walks away.

“Chicken is finished for me for the next couple of months” he says.