Tom Christophersen’s latest work is queer theatre like you’ve never seen before. The Sydney Mardi Gras headliner interweaves pre-recorded, verbatim audio interviews with Australians who have experienced paranormal phenomena in their homes, with live theatre and installation.
Visually captivating, this performance creates a portal where audiences witness the appearance of unexplained supernatural forces and autobiographical, lip-sync disco.
An artistic investigation into how we might use art to reconcile our occasionally haunted pasts.
Based on interviews with guys found on hook-up apps, this graphic, gripping, funny and frank play exposes the drug-fuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of the gay chemsex chill-out scene. Following the successful staged reading at New Theatre during Mardi Gras 2017, we’re excited to be mounting a full production of this controversial play.
“As confronting as theatre gets” British Theatre Australian premiere
Tue 12 Sep, 6pm I Wed 13 Sep, 8pm I Thu 14 Sep, 6pm I Fri 15 Sep, 8pm Full $25 I Concession $20
CREATIVE TEAM Director Patrick Howard
CAST Tom Christophersen, Stevie Haimes, John Michael Burdon, Will Reilly, Tim de Sousa
‘Welcome to Upper Downs, where everybody is always and never welcome. Come have a coffee in the morning, or build your own banner after noon. Once the sun goes down ask for Carlo when you’re feeling game for a game.’
Tom is currently performing for the 20th Biennale of Sydney in London-based, American artist Alexis Teplin’s installation and performance art piece ‘Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation).
Photography by Mark Metcalfe
Free performances will take place on Cockatoo Island on the following dates:
18, 20 March 1 – 5pm
22,24 April – 1 – 5pm
20,22 May – 1 – 5pm
Alexis Teplin’s new performance considers relationships between language, gesture, history and archetypes and asks: ‘When decadence fails us in our quest for utopia, where do we end up?’ Choreographed and structured in response to a space on Cockatoo Island, where her paintings also serve as a backdrop, Teplin proposes a fictional reality; one that is influenced by the fragmentation of language in the digital age.
Tom returns to haunt The Joan with a brand new show following its killer debut at the Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle.
“When I was a child, my father encountered spirits.”
Tom Christophersen returns to haunt The Joan with a brand new show following its killer debut at the Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle.
‘Business Unfinished’ is an interwoven collection of performed, pre-recorded, verbatim audio interviews conducted with Australian who have experienced paranormal phenomena in their family homes. This performance explores domestic spectacle, lip-sync and unexplained phenomena that most definitely cannot be ignored.
Tom is a Sydney based Queer theatre maker and visual artist. He has been a close friend of The Q working as a collaborator on ‘A Boy & A Bean’ in 2014 and ‘Uncle Harold’ in 2015. ‘Business Unfinished’ is his first feature solo performance and we are stoked we have the opportunity to share it with you as part of Mini Gras ’16.
When: March 4th 2016 @ 8pm
Where: The Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Activities, Performances, Fundraising!
Saturday 12 December | 3-7:30pm
$10 FUNFAIR | $10 Performances
come to both for $15 (under 6s Free)
Call (02) 9588 3948 or email email@example.com to book tickets
Come join Shopfront for a range fun activities from 3-6pm including: Hip Hop Dancing, Film Special Effects, Circus Skills, Newspaper Costumes, Christmas Craft, and Singing! Plus we’ll have a Silent Auction fundraiser, Bake Sale, and delicious BBQ.
Stick around to watch our wonderful workshop participants share their creations from this Term with Performances and Short Films from 6-7:30pm.
Everyone is welcome – invite your friends, family, and neighbours. They’ll be plenty of activities for kids and don’t forget to bring your gold coins to donate!
There is just under two weeks til I debut my first ever solo show at Crack Theatre Festival and I can’t believe how quickly it has come and how excited I am to show you what I’ve made.
‘Business Unfinished’ started a year ago when I applied for PACT‘s ‘Vacant Room‘ program. I was completely obsessed with the whole notion of the paranormal. I was watching a lot of really trashy American Ghost shows and 90s horror movies. I was fascinated by the ideathat people experience terrific and unexplainable spectacles in their homes (paranormal or otherwise) that they were willing to ignore or rationalise.
I wanted to make a show which incorporated people’s donated ghost stories with my own interviews with my Mum, about my Dad – who saw ghosts in our family homes before my parents divorced when I was 9.
After my PACT residency, I received a lot of encouragement and positive feedback about the show. I very much wanted to turn my residency piece into a ‘fully formed show’. A cabaret exorcism that only I could perform without being possessed by the devil. I applied to Crack. I got in – and ‘Business Unfinished’, the show, was conceived. The new material is satanic, scary, saucy and secret.
Below are the times and dates. I hope you can make it out to Newcastle to come and see it and heaps of other awesome stuff playing during THIS IS NOT ART. It’s also my 28th birthday so definitely come and have an ‘I-beat-the-27-club’ cocktail if you’re in the area.
Playing at ‘The Crack House’ – Market Square, Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE
Friday 2 October – 10:30 pm – 11:20 pm
Saturday 3 October – 11:30 pm – 12:20 am
Cost: FREE (+ your soul)
Tom will join a handful of AIM alumni and industry specialists to speak about his experiences studying with the Institute. For more information please click the banner below.
From the AIM site:
“Meet with AIM teaching staff & students, hear industry professionals and experts during the popular music, dramatic arts and entertainment industry panel forum. Listen to successful graduates on our alumni panel talk about their insights, thoughts and advice on breaking into today’s music, dramatic arts and entertainment industry”.