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‘This production is exquisite. It strikes the perfect balance between humour and discomfort….[they] do a marvellous job in capturing the innocence of fairytales and the transition into modern day Australian society through their characters. At a time where more and more women speak out about daily harassment, this play really has its finger on the pulse of time’. - The Plus Ones
BREAD CRUMBS is a darkly comic, politically savvy retelling of the well-known fable ‘Hansel and Gretel’ located in a world somewhere between a Brother’s Grimm fairytale and the industrial landscape of outer suburban Melbourne Gretel is a distressed damsel with comprehensive girl guide training while Hansel is an asthmatic mumma’s boy who just wants to be a 'top Aussie bloke'. As they lose themselves in the woods, the highly stylised fairy tale gradually dissolves and it is revealed they are escaping an abusive home. Gretel who pines to find a better life across the horizon, ultimately finds herself in the arms of a Fitzroy hipster Prince Charming. Here she finds herself falling prey to the cycle of systematic control and emotional abuse she was trying so hard to run from. Dark, dangerous and uncomfortably real BREAD CRUMBS shows how family violence ‘silently and insidiously becomes part of the norm’. Today, with sexual assault allegations seeing the spotlight of media attention after decades of repression, BREAD CRUMBS probes us to reflect on our ingrained views of gender and questions how it is possible for women to fight against the systems so steadfastly put in place.
History & background
Ruby Johnston and Benjamin Nichol have been described as ‘crucial players in the next generation of theatre makers’. They revel in creating heightened, crass and highly stylised performances that are blackly comic in their examination of the Australian zeitgeist. After graduating from VCA (Acting) in 2016 Johnston and Nichol toured their self made show Three Blind Mice (nominated Best performance of the Melbourne Fringe Award 2016) to Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017. BREAD CRUMBS was selected as part of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2017.
Marketing selling points
Utilising our society's collective understanding of fairy stories creates a wide appeal and resonance to young and old alike, but this is a fairy story is not one you’ve seen before (unless it is... last saturday at your family BBQ). The Australian vernacular, humour and modern references appeal to a young adult audience (17-30). BREAD CRUMBS encourages a moving and provocative conversation post show and the unique performance style makes for an engaging theatrical experience which could be marketed to older secondary school students (year 12) provided it is followed by a healthy discussion.
Key audience and marketing notes
Our premiere season was an invaluable opportunity to test the appeal of our work. As the issues of family violence does not discriminate based on class, race or age, our show welcomed an audience with an age span ranging from 17 - 90. Described as “accessible and provocative black comedy” the work offers broad appeal to young adults including older school groups, educators, key players in the Melbourne independent theatre scene and professionals in the area of family violence. The work was met with praise by these professionals, many of them encouraging their colleagues to attend the season.
Community Engagement activities
Theatre Making workshops can be offered alongside the work and are an invaluable opportunity for any young performers wanting to find their feet begin to make their own art. Nichol and Johnston have extensive training in theatre devising and can run a workshop on how to translate topical issues onto the stage in a fun but provocative way through the exploration of a variety of different generative techniques. Discussion and a Q and A can also be offered post show about the themes and development of the work.
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|Theatre formats||Adaptable depending on the theatre space - Performed with front facing audience and small wing space for fast costume changes.|
|Bump in (hours)||5|
|Bump out (hours)||3|
48 x Channels (4 Dimmers) Venue and Hire stocks. Assorted Gels Change according to venue but ideally bio box or side stage.
Standard in house SND system appropriate to venue size with input for laptop with Qlab.
The set is made up a floor covering sitting on top of the stage and a frame that is self supported and spans the length of the performance space. The framing will be assembled during Bump- In and be manipulated throughout the performance.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 6.5||Height: 4|
|Depth: 3.5||Wing space: 1|
The plan is to tour with a Production Stage Manager so one crew supplied by the venue will be required. The main work will be to focus, plot and operate the lighting and turning on the sound desk for our tech. A maximum of five hours is predicted.
1 x 12 seater mini bus