Co-presented by Metro Arts
It’s 1926. Michigan. Harry Houdini’s final performance, only you don’t know that at the time. You’re here to be amazed, to be awakened with wonder. But the man before you appears frail, and vulnerable. He falls, he fails, and you can’t tear your eyes away.
Houdini didn’t die in front of a gasping crowd. He died days later, in a quiet hospital room. There, he ate chop suey and confessed all of his doubts to a surgeon. The audience didn’t get to see that man – they only ever met the marvel.
With some theatrical sleight of hand, the mystics from Counterpilot uncover a mystery stranger than the man himself. Seeking humanness in wonder, we turn our spotlights to the audience: the voyeurs of mortality on the evening of the end…
Spectate is a show about an audience, and we're inviting you to be that audience.
7-18 November, 2017
Sue Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Tickets $28 / $35 (+ transaction fees)
Written & Directed by: Nathan Sibthorpe
Script Dramaturgy by: Sandra Carluccio
Sound Design: Mike Willmett
Production Design: Sarah Winter
Lighting Design: Christine Felmingham
AV Design: Nevin Howell & Nathan Sibthorpe
Software Design: Clinton Freeman
Stage Performers: Toby Martin & Cam Clark
Recorded Performers: Hugh Parker, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard
Creative Development also featuring: Elise Greig
Stage & Production Manager: Nicole Neil
Assistant Director: Sean Dowling
Design Assistant: Jaimeson Gilders
Creative Development ASM: Jeremy Gordon
Metro Arts Producer: Jo Thomas
Metro Arts Marketing: Penny Challen
Photo by Naomi Etri, design by Nathan Sibthorpe
Spectate is co-presented by Metro Arts and has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Counterpilot is supported by the Queensland Governent through Arts Queensland.
Spectate is supported by Creative Sparks - a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Spectate is supported by Queensland Theatre through the Independent Artists @ Queensland Theatre initiative 2017.
SPECTATE is developed as a touring work. For any enquiries, please contact Nathan Sibthorpe.