Dybbuks: Theatre Works


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Photo credit: Pier Carthew

Theatre Works and Chamber Made present
A Chamber Made work
Conceived and directed by Samara Hersch

In Yiddish mythology dybbuks are the unresolved souls who seek to find form through living bodies. Dybbuks is a new work from Chamber Made, conceived and directed by Samara Hersch, that evokes the many ways that the dead inhabit female bodies through language, voice, memory and desire.


This project has been made possible with support from Chamber Made’s Navigators, Gandel Philanthropy and the Besen Family Foundation.

Dybbuks is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.

The creative development of this project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Significant development support was also provided by the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library,  Malthouse Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne.


  • Concept & Direction
     Samara Hersch
  • Composition & Sound Design
     Max Lyandvert
  • Sound Dramaturgy
     Tamara Saulwick
  • Lighting and Set Design & Project Dramaturgy
     Paul Jackson
  • Costume Design
     Shio Otani
  • Artistic Associate/Choir Liaison
     Cathy Hunt
  • Performers
     Yoni Prior and Lauren Langlois
  • Musicians
     Jenny Barnes (vocals), Carolyn Schofield (Electronics), Lizzy Welsh (Violin) and Aviva Endean (Clarinet)
  • Voice Artists
     Johnny Carr and Katherine Tonkin
  • Choir Leader
     Tomi Kalinski
  • Choir
     Mary Appel, Sandra Chester, Anna Epstein, Marcia Jacobs, Romi Kupfer, Kathy Laster, Rachel Petchesky, Ruth Wein, Fran Feldman, Marsha Tauber
  • Production Manager
     John Byrne
  • Stage Manager
     Vivienne Poznanski
  • Assistant Stage Manager
     Elizabeth Everett (Deakin University intern)
  • Sound Operator
     Steph O'Hara