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Pulpshow - Welcome to Terror Australis

Pulpshow – Welcome to Terror Australis

| On 13, Dec 2015

After a long stint in Las Vegas, local performance artist Leah Shelton is back in Brisvegas with her new production Pulpshow. The show doesn’t just push boundaries, it annihilates them.

Pulpshow is a trip through a sunburnt country where cars rule, hitchhiking kills and dingoes eat babies. Inspired by pulp mags, film noir, Oz-ploitation films, Kings Cross, Wolf Creek and Quentin Tarantino, there is something for every pop-culture and sub-culture aficionado.

Within the first five minutes, it was blatantly obvious that Shelton wasn’t afraid to put herself out there. She wore revealing outfits, questionable wigs and eerie animal masks throughout the show. The production relies heavily on audio, with voice overs from Australian horror films frequently used. Props were strategically implemented to recreate familiar and famous settings.

I’m not exactly sure what Pulpshow was and gathering by the confused faces, I don’t think any of the audience members did either. At times the performance seemed repetitive despite only being 40 minutes long. However, Shelton’s facial expressions and bizarre movements quickly made me forget that I had just witnessed something very similar earlier on in the show.


Shelton delivers a wacky and energetic performance in this black comedy. Her dedication to the show is evident throughout and she should be commended for her invention of this original production.Hysterical giggles bounced off the walls of Studio 53½ as Shelton pole-danced in a revealing Leotard from Crocodile Dundee and gasps were heard as she become a blood-soaked kangaroo on the side of the road.

Part live-art happening and part cabaret, this performance melds comedy, neo-burlesque and physical performance, and ponders fear and loathing in the great southern land. The final act was worth the ticket price alone


What Pulpshow

Where Brisbane Powerhouse

When 10 – 13 December 2015

How Much $25

For tickets or more information, head over to the Brisbane Powerhouse website here.

Image Credit: Morgan Roberts