THE BLOOMSHED

WE BEGAN IN A BACKYARD SHED.

WE MAKE CUTTING EDGE, POLITICAL THEATRE.

WE CREATE THE NEW BY CANNIBALISING THE OLD.

Photo: Lucy Cawood

Photo: Lucy Cawood

PARADISE LOST [2019]

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Paradise Lost – a radical adaptation by Green Room nominated indie theatre group THE BLOOMSHED.

Adam and Eve are really digging Paradise. They are happy, super happy in their hermetically sealed Eco Sphere™. There’s not judgement here. No shame. It’s the perfect place for some relentless fornication. But nothing this good lasts long. Satan’s sick of the cherubs getting stuck in the ventilation shafts. He tries to complain but god chucks him out. So be it, Satan thinks. In hell, a napalm covered wonderland, Satan hatches a master plan. And so the fall begins. PARADISE LOST is a satirical adaptation about the narcissism of creation and our fading hope for the future.   

Born out of the wintry depths of a suburban backyard shed, contemporary Melbourne theatre group THE BLOOMSHED are putting their latest work to the test at Melbourne’s most iconic performance venue The Butterfly Club. Emerging writer and theatre maker James Jackson, in collaboration with Bloomshed regulars Emily O’Connor, Edan Goodall, Elizabeth Brennan and James Malcher, has taken inspiration from John Milton’s 17th century Epic Paradise Lost and transformed it into a reflection on the dystopian post-paradise of 2019.

THE BLOOMSHED aims to create cutting edge, political satire. Reinvigorating classic texts through a combination of new writing and devising. PARADISE LOST is the company’s latest attempt to create something new by cannibalising the old. PARADISE LOST is a whirlwind ride through creation. It took God seven days, it’ll take us just under an hour.

“The Bloomshed have established themselves firmly as experts in reanimating older texts, bastardising classic texts to create cutting, political contemporary theatre.” THEATRE PEOPLE

“Energetic, hilarious and uncomfortable” KEITH GOW REVIEWS

“Kafkaesque without any of the boringness of Kafka” SOMETIMES MELBOURNE

”Political theatre dredged from the crisis of late capitalism...” - THE AGE

"An unapologetically raucous night spent skewering the economic status quo." — AUDREY JOURNAL

CREATIVES:

Created and Performed by:

Elizabeth Brennan

Edan Goodall

Emily O’Connor

James Malcher

Sound Designer: Justin Gardam 

Lighting Designer: John Collopy

 

THE BUTTERFLY CLUB

Season 15 – 20 July

Times 8:30pm

Address 5 Carson Place (Off Lt Collins St)

Bookings thebutterflyclub.com/show/paradise-lost