The Book of Loco

The Book of LocoCelebrating the madness within us all, The Book of Loco is a revealing, hilarious and destabilising theatrical experience. Alirio Zavarce writes and stars in this semi-autobiographical demonstration of his ‘Theory of Rational Madness’.

Immersed in a theatre full of cardboard boxes (1800, to be precise) and deeply aware of the precarious nature of life, if not the set, Zavarce entwines tales of his personal journeys into a broader narrative about the very thin line between madness and sanity.

With his warm and whimsical depiction of how he has managed to maintain the balance, The Book of Loco will leave the audience both pleasantly confused and highly amused. With the audience’s willing participation, Zavarce gives credence to the paradox that sometimes you have to be mad to stay sane.

Winner of the Best Theatre Production Award at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Book of Loco is an immersive theatrical experience framed by projected animations, and a show that bravely and publicly re-enacts one man’s duel with his own sanity.

Director: Sasha Zahra  Featuring: Alirio Zavarce  Set and Costume Design: Jonathon Oxlade  Video/Graphics: Chris More  Composition: Duncan Campbell  Lighting Realisation: Neil Jensen from original design by David Gasden  Producer: Janine Peacock, Loose Canon Art Services  Artist’s Associate: Bradley Williams  Production Manager: Neil Jensen

The Book of Loco
Beckett Theatre – The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 17 July – 2 August 2014
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Image: by Andrew Curtis