Hutch is a haunting, adult puppet show that explores the perverse escalation of psychological tensions within an intimate relationship. Told without narrative, it is a work to be pyschologically ‘experienced’ rather than rationally understood.
Working in collaboration with cellist/composer Kristin Rule and and director Nancy Black, Rachael Wenona Guy has created a work that is both radical and immersive – a work that pushes boundaries in its use of puppetry, physicality, music and space. Using all these elements, Hutchexplores a complex and disturbing relationship between a mother figure and her surrogate animal child. Sometimes startlingly surreal, sometimes banal and familiar, the routines associated with child care – feeding, washing and nursing – are played out in increasingly bizarre ways, leading the audience into disquieting territory where the dynamics of complicity and co-dependency grow ever more perverse.
The work premiered in March, 2012, in Carman’s Tunnel, a disused gold mining tunnel in Maldon, Victoria, as part of the Tarrengower Puppet Festival.
Written and Performed by: Rachael Wenona Guy
Directed by: Nancy Black
Original Music: Kristin Rule
Cello Performance: Kristin Rule
Lighting: Frog Peck and Blue Bottle