IMPORTANT NOTICE

In response to the unfolding health situation, Theatre Works, Wielding Theatre and Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone Phantasmagoria as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.

These are difficult and incredibly complex times and it is with a heavy heart that we have made this decision – but the safety of all the people we work with and welcome to our theatre is our number one priority and we look forward to presenting Phantasmagoria in the future.

The performances running from 6 – 16 May have been cancelled.

We are working with the artists to reschedule the show at a later date here at Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda.

In the following form, you will have the option of receiving a full refund or you can also choose to donate the cost of your ticket to the artists. Theatre Works will pass the full value of your ticket (less the $2.50 booking fee) to the Phantasmagoria team. This act of generosity will help the artists get through this unprecedented time and ensure they will be able to continue to create and present this work later in the year: https://forms.gle/74TcfjXksC5WqHfW9

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


If you are able and want to help support our artists and arts workers that are the lifeblood of our theatre, please consider donating what you can.

Donate here: http://bit.ly/TWdonate


What do you do when you find out your father tried to kill your mother?

a) Forgive him, move on and love him despite the fact?

b) Erase him completely from your memory? or

c) Employ a spirit medium and have a few words with him.

Briony chose option c) and this play is the result.

Based on a true story, Phantasmagoria is a play that explores the complex relationship between a woman and her violent father long after he has passed away. Briony unearths her father’s childhood experiences in Sri Lanka, his brutal World War 2 history in Burma, migration, alcoholism, and his families eventual escape from him. Using a lens of magic realism, the work plunges beneath a seemingly everyday domestic space to reveal family secrets, hauntings and complex emotional landscapes.

Travelling back and forth through time and space, Phantasmagoria is a sensorial feast flavoured with grief, love, loss, absurdity, surprise and a generous dose of magic. Dynamic and sensitive performance, comedy, puppetry and evocative animated imagery give physical life to the liminal realm of ghosts and the unseen.

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