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At The End Of The Land

Samuel James

At the End of the Land is a contemporary solo performance work about the liminal space between life and death.

It involves 18 dead school girls from the Victorian Era, spirit photography, a Red Monkey who listens to death metal and was once the Devil’s minion, and David Lynch on the unified field.

The story around what happened to the 18 schoolgirls will contain gothic horror inspired elements, using puppetry, objects, miniature projections and holograms to explore the inanimate and uncanny, breathing life into what appears dead.

The work will combine the contemporary and the historic in an irreverent, strange and disturbing manner. It is an attempt at knowing the unknowable through beauty, frenzy and dark humour.

Original Concept, Performer, Writer, Co-devisor: Talya Rubin

Co-devisor, Director: Nick James

Sound Design: Hayley Forward

Projections Designer: Samuel James

Lighting Design: Richard Vabre

Object Designer, Costume Designer, Visual Consultant: Tarryn Gill


A new solo work in development in 2018/19.

This production was developed with the assistance of Terrapin Puppet Theatre through the Australian Contemporary Puppetry Residency. 

The work is being developed through Arts House CultureLAB, Terrapin and Dark Mofo.