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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 28, 2022

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A Spectacle seen with Large Spectacles

Ratu Lewis

Women with video goggles onPutting on a pair of black goggles is not the first thing you would expect to do when going to a theatre show. You would think it kind of defeated the purpose of going to the theatre in the first place.


But the creative’s at Aphids have risen to the challenge of including this visual enhancing accessory to incorporate theatre and live cinema in their experimental and interactive performance piece – Thrashing Without Looking.

As you can see the name speaks for itself. The show gets the intimate audience of 14 to put on video goggles that has a live feed of the room they’re in. So audience members can watch themselves, watching themselves (mind boggling, we know).

The work does not have actors in the traditional sense but rather artists who follow choreographed movements to guide the storyline.

Thrashing Without Looking is created by the audience, for the audience, meaning they have the power to determine how the hour long show plays out.

But don’t be scared off.  You are in control of how much you want to participate. Although we hope that when the camera finds you, you’ll take that moment to shine!

Thrashing Without Looking portrays the role technology plays in human relationships; exploring the concepts of trust, intimacy and comfort.

With champagne, video goggles, live cinema and performance, Aphid’s Thrashing Without Looking will take you on an audio-visual adventure and is one theatre performance that Creative Drinks is excited about.

Tickets are $20 and like we said the audience is very small (some sessions are already sold out), so get in quick!

Thrashing Without Looking is on at Brisbane Powerhouse 25 – 28 July before touring to Sydney, Perth, Hobart and Darwin.

Australian Tour Dates

Brisbane Powerhouse
25 – 28 July 2012

Performance Space, Sydney
1 – 4 Aug 2012

Darwin Festival
10 – 12 Aug 2012

Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
15 – 18 Aug 2012

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
22 – 25 Aug 2012