A night of surprises
Inspired by the thriller Vertigo, Hitchcock’s tantalising film of feigned madness, love and deception, Phobia takes the audience into the beguiling world of film noir via an unusual performance hybrid of music-theatre, physical-theatre and performance art.
Award-winning composer Gerry Brophy combines musical originality with a flair for the theatrical in this genre-defying production. Phobia employs a cast of multi-talented music/movement/stage performers well-known for crossing generic boundaries; members of Fringe Festival Award winning The Ennio Morricone Experience – Boris Conley, Patrick Cronin, David Hewitt and Graeme Leak and physical theatre duo desoxy – Teresa Blake and Dan Witton.
Devised and written by Chamber Made’s artistic director, Douglas Horton, Phobia is a unique and inspiring example of his very original approach to theatre. It will be a night of surprises, some extraordinary feats of physicality, humour and a truly original approach to the making of sound.
“…indefinable brilliance…Phobia is a playful yet highly sophisticated show…”
“Phobia is a celebration of human skill over technology, and live action over artifice.”
“Truly these are Stars”
“This world premiere season of Gerard Brophy’s fascinating and amusing Phobia is CMO at its best …. Phobia’s cast of six is exceptional… genuinely multi-talented , combining high levels of skill in performing music, physical theatre and staging – often switching roles and sexes, and playing multiple instruments”
“The effect is not only eerie but often deliciously comic…. Top marks to them”
“Horton has produced a witty deconstruction of a noir script…. its inventiveness is poetic, witty and endearing…. the result is sheer theatrical enchantment”
2006: Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade Theatre Studio Singapore
2005: Interstate tour – Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney & Brisbane
2004: Melbourne season, North Melbourne Town Hall
2003: World Premiere, Dancehouse, Carlton
PerformersTeresa Blake, Boris Conley, Patrick Cronin, David Hewitt, Graeme Leak, Dan Witton
Sound & MusicGerry Brophy with the ensemble
Text & DirectionDouglas Horton
Sound DesignDarren Steffen, Graeme Leak
Design CoordinationJacqui Everitt
Lighting DesignGina Gasciogne