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limited offer - 20% off tickets
To celebrate the launch of our new website, Attic Erratic are offering 20% off the ticket price of The City They Burned.
Please click here, choose any show 3-16 September, and apply the code twentyoff at checkout. This offer is for the first 100 tickets sold and only valid until midday on 18 August, 2014.
Reviews for The City They Burned
Reviews for The City They Burned (September, 2014):
Attic Erratic in 2014
Attic Erratic is presenting our most exciting season yet. With our first co-production just wrapped up - Purgatorio, with 5Pound Theatre - we're well underway with two new, exciting and challenging texts: The City They Burned and Tripped, both presented as part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The City They Burned is a modern retelling of the story of Lot, and will run in an independent season (3 September - 14 September) then in partnership with Melbourne Fringe (15 September - 23 September) in a pop-up warehouse theatre in Collingwood.
Tripped is a new parable investigating the ingrained elements of racism in our culture, and is being presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe hub programming, from 27 September until 4 October.
Have a script ready for presentation?
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There are no current auditions, but please watch this space.
Drop us a linePlease email any enquiries to admin (at) atticerratic.com
Purgatorio (2014) →
atticerratic • July 23, 2014
Here Comes Your Man (2013) →
atticerratic • September 19, 2013
Domino (2013) →
atticerratic • June 18, 2013
Choir Girl (2012, 2013) →
atticerratic • September 16, 2012
Ad Nauseam (2010, 2012) →
atticerratic • March 21, 2012
Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard (2011) →
atticerratic • September 1, 2011
Christina: A Story With Music (2010, 2011) →
atticerratic • May 19, 2011
Vanitas (2011) →
atticerratic • July 14, 2011
Ad Absurdum (2010) →
atticerratic • December 5, 2010
Ad Infinitum (2010) →
atticerratic • September 20, 2010
"I can't wait to see what Attic Erratic do next. Five stars."
Herald Sun, 2013
The City They Burned
The City They Burned (3 Sep - 23 Sep, 2014)
"We do not doom cities. Sometimes they doom themselves"
The City They Burned is a modern re-telling of the biblical tale of Lot and the fall of Sodom. An immersive site-specific performance about power, fear and judgement presented by one of Melbourne’s strongest artistic teams.
'Danny Delahunty has directed every element close to perfection'
- AussieTheatre, (2013)
3 September - 23 September
Cavern Table Studios
127b Campbell St, Collingwood
The booking outlet changes depending on what date you come:
About the show
THE CITY THEY BURNED is a modern retelling of the tale of Lot and the fall of Sodom. It is an immersive site-specific work about power, fear and judgement that is challenging and enticing in equal measures. A theatrical exploration of power and control is engaged with finesse in the kind of genre-pushing presentation that theatre company Attic Erratic has become known for. Drinks, canapes and genocide are on the menu for this unique experience at a new pop-up theatre venue.
Melbourne writer Fleur Kilpatrick has recontextualised the biblical story as a device to explore how power is inherited, forced, taken away and earned in our current society. The adaptation process has been difficult - the original text is a story of righteous genocide and permissible rape, yet set in a book of morals. An entire population is destroyed; Lot offers his daughters up for rape and is saved while his wife looks back to her burning city and is cursed. Kilpatrick’s parable delves into the content to explore how we engage with these issues 3500 years later in a political landscape that preferences local ideology over global humanity.
Lot’s story is told through the fall of a modern, industrialised Sodom, and his family’s flight from the destroyed city into personal exile, isolated and alone in a burnt world. As a journey the presentation moves from a full immersive theatre experience into a traditionally staged show, sharing and subsequently removing options from the audience. There are drinks, community and canapes, but something very wrong is bubbling under the surface: judgement, powerlessness and a struggle for control over other people.
Director Danny Delahunty has developed a reputation for creating engaging theatre that challenges form, style and presentation. This has seen Attic Erratic grow as one of Melbourne’s premier independent companies capable of producing highly polished, enticing art. THE CITY THEY BURNED provides a forum for our audience to explore, investigate and interrogate the world around them with equal amounts of intrigue and disgust.
Tripped (27 Sep - 4 Oct)
"I’ll lift my left foot and we both go boom"
Once upon a time in a land far away, two very different, very manly men take a stroll through a minefield... Tripped is an exciting dark comedy about war and prejudice, stunningly told by joint artistic director Celeste Cody.
"The uber-talented Celeste Cody's direction of this immensely satisfying but equally difficult play is masterful on all levels." - Stage Whispers, 2014
23 September - 4 October
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
About the show
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, two very different, very manly men take a stroll through a minefield... TRIPPED is a parable, examining racial prejudice through a dark comedic lens.
After surviving a helicopter crash, Norm finds himself held captive in the desert; forced to remain stationary by a landmine lying buried beneath his feet and by Ahmed, a gun-wielding stranger. As they quickly discover, Norm and Ahmed have a lot in common: both have lived in NSW, both have families, and both have a nasty habit of standing on landmines. With aching joints and parched throats, who will be the last man standing? With suspicious fingers poised on triggers, how long can the friendly chat hold out? All it takes is one slip. One step. What happens when we choose to step off?
Musgrove developed TRIPPED over the past few years, drawing inspiration from his experiences in his grown up job as a lawyer and the stories of people he has met from all walks of life. His enthusiasm for social justice combined with his sharp wit and wicked one-liners make for an hilarious and heart-breaking piece.
Beneath Musgrove’s enthralling tête-à-tête there is an oppressive undercurrent, a single-minded fervour delicately crafted by award winning director Celeste Cody (Choir Girl; Christina: A Story With Music) that will have the audience as captivated as the two protagonists.
Bringing Norm and Ahmed to life are Angus Brown (Get Ready, Get Set, Ahh F*%k it; Mania) and Ezel Doruk (Clique; Brown About Town) with Liam O’Kane (Mistakes Madeline Made; Who Is Eunice McBrae?) as the mysterious Jacques.
TRIPPED will challenge, entertain and excite the Fringe audiences. In the current political and social climate, this play must be seen, heard and talked about!
Written by Nick Musgrove, Directed by Celeste Cody and performed by Liam O'Kane, Angus Brown and Ezel Doruk.
2014 Actors: Angus Brown, Brendan McCallum, Brianagh Curran, Dave Lamb, Dushan Philips, Ezel Doruk, Freya Pragt, Jason Cavanagh, Jessica Tanner, Kane Felsinger, Liam O'Kane, Scott Gooding, Shoshannah Oks, Soren Jensen.
2014 Production: Alex Beyer, Jason Bovaird, Hayley Toth, Rob Sowinski.
Attic Erratic are committed to producing entertaining and thought-provoking theatre, and following the success of previous seasons we have programmed a diverse and challenging body of work for 2014.
Our mission is to create new works of theatre which push the boundaries of traditional conventions whilst acknowledging our responsibility to the audience.
Celeste Cody, Danny Delahunty, Chrissie Robinson, Giuliano Ferla, Tom Pitts, Steph Speirs, Sarah Walker, Tom Doman, Luc Favre, Nicholas Bendall, Nick Wollan
Luc Favre, Bridie O’Leary, Ian Tsaoussi, Nick Wollan, Rebekah Berger, Eve Gilbert, Mike Doman, Sam Lund, Tara Rankine, Grace Travaglia, Lucy Hotchin, Fleur Kilpatrick, Phil Rouse, Kate Laverack, Jacob Thomas, Mark Wilson, Jess Chiodo-Reidy, Emily Goddard, Ollie Coleman, Alex Roe, James Deeth, Maree Cody, Kaitlyn Clare, Max Atwood, Vivienne Garnett, Shane Evans, Christian Connolly, Dylan Watson, Ezel Doruk, Trelawney Edgar, Sarah Collins, Jane Patterson, Jen Bage, Sophie Phillips, Kristina Benton, Tamuz Ellazam, Anastasia Ryan, Susannah Frith, Aislinn Murray, Zoe Dove, Emma Newman, Jessica Graham, Leila Enright, Sara Trachtenberg Ngaata, Anne Koopman, Lucy Buckley, Lizzie Anne, April Albert, Lucy Welsh, Steve Duckham, Laura Harris, Ian Tsaoussi, Chloe Greaves, Chrissie Robinson, Alex Beyer, Stephen Moylan, Alex Duncan, Joseph Green, Kane Felsinger, Matt Hickey, Spencer Scholz
People We Like
Talented theatre and events photographer (as well as long-time Attic Erratic creative), we are lucky enough to have Sarah as the official Attic Erratic photographer for our promotional and production material. If you've seen a good promotional photo in the Melbourne indie scene, there's a 98% chance Sarah Walker took it.
Headed up by our friend the talented Tom Doman, White Noise Children is our video production house of choice - show filming, promotional videos and he does artistic shit too.
When Attic Erratic wants to make some noise we turn to the Harlots front man (and Attic Erratic founding member) Tom Pitts. When we want to let our hair down these guys are rocking out in front of us.
Attic Erratic founding member Giuliano Ferla isn't just a talented playwright (Domino, 2013; Ad Infinitum, 2011), he also fronts high energy indie rock ensemble Twin Beasts; another of Attic Erratic's favourite nights out.
Our good friends and co-pro partners for Purgatorio, these guys create great theatre based out of their Richmond theatre venue The Owl and the Pussycat