A gothic tale
Performed in a large crash repair garage in Melbourne, The Cars that Ate Paris involved performer and musician as composer, utilising the improvisation skills of singers and instrumentalists to create vocal lines and accompaniment.
Based on Australian writer/director Peter Weir’s film of the same name, this macabre story is set in the small rural town of Paris where the inhabitants live off the proceeds of staged road accidents. As Arthur, the survivor of one such accident, overcomes his phobia of cars, we learn the gruesome truth of this gothic outback township.
Instrumentation sop., bar., ten., 2 actors, acrobat, pf., sampler, elec. vln., environmental perc.
“An imaginative and visually arresting piece of music theatre…
1992: World Premiere Ensign Smash Repairs, Collingwood Melbourne (9 – 25 July).
Text and Original Film byPeter Weir
Stage Adaptation and Direction byDouglas Horton
Design byJacqueline Everitt
Lighting byPhilip Lethlean
Sound byDarren Golding
Music Devised byThe Ensemble
Performed byHope Csuturos, Scott Grayland, Judy Gunson, David Joseph, Tyrone Landau, Helen Noonan, David Sandford, Grant Smith.