Following its recent acclaimed season at the Sydney Opera House, the genre-defying and artistically-groundbreaking physical theatre work, HORROR continues to plunge audiences into a surreal world of fright and adrenaline as it plays Canberra, before heading to Melbourne and Brisbane.
Created by renowned Swedish physical theatre maker and mastermind Jakop Ahlbom, HORROR is a spine-chilling homage to the classical film genre, using cinematic horror effects rarely seen in live theatre. Inspired by such aspects of the horror genre as black humour, slapstick and terrifyingly-surreal imagery, HORROR demonstrates Ahlbom’s unique talent for combining his expertise in cinematic editing techniques, stage magic and elaborate sequences of physical virtuosity.
The artistically groundbreaking show – which trades dialogue for illusion, mime, movement and music – takes place in a home haunted by a tragic family event, where a woman’s vengeful spirit stalks her sister and friends in the property. In a series of flashbacks, the past gradually re-emerges, brutally confronting the surviving sister with their hidden past: the cruel parents, the crushed youth, the suppressed memories.
Jakop Ahlbom has been fascinated with the horror genre since a very young age. In his early teens he would consume any horror film he could get his hands on, gripped as he was by the absurd fantasies, the special effects, the extreme events, the dark unknown, and the adrenaline kick. His ability to transfer these ideas to stage is lauded, described by The Guardian as “a masterclass in time-and-motion stagecraft.”
This is the first time Ahlbom’s work has been presented in Australia. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a technical tour de force of sinister black humour and hardcore horror, guaranteed to entertain and petrify in equal measure.
Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Performances continue to 15 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Playhouse – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performances: 18 – 22 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Playhouse – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cultural Precinct, South Bank (Brisbane)
Performances: 26 – 29 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.brisbanefestival.com.au
Image: HORROR (supplied)
Note: This production is suitable for people over the age of 15 – it is not appropriate for children.