The Cars That Ate Paris

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…



  • Nominated for Production in Opera, Green Room Awards