Presented by: GUMBO & The Substation
Date: 26 – 28 Jul 2012, Thu – Sat
Venue: Theatre, The Substation
Ticket Prices: $20 / $15 (concession)
Tickets available from: box office, contact Mish’aal 6337 7800 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mind Eater is the GUMBO masterpiece, which won the special commendation award at the 2003 Melbourne Fringe Festival. This piece has seen continuous development through performances in Melbourne, Tokyo, Osaka and Adelaide. The powerful performance is characterised by grotesque yet simple stage art, colourful costumes and soulful music. A combination that keeps audiences enthralled. Full of black humour, the piece throws truth and lies into frame and begs to consider “what is human life?”
Mind Eater is the intriguing story of a girl and her search for happiness in a world of judgement and societal expectations. It is a journey of one soul as reincarnated across three different lives consumed by: paranoia, dependence, and altruism. Another key character is Mr. Master, who can move between this world and the other. He has done all kinds of evil things, and he escapes hell through reincarnation. He spends his time carelessly and irresponsibly interfering in the lives of the living.
Theatre GUMBO’s work is frantic, high energy, grotesque and full of black humor. They bewilder audiences with their absurd yet poignant form of comedy, revealing the inconsistent and ridiculous aspects of our behavior. Through aggressive direction, they expose the lies and truth of contemporary living, tempered only by laughing which hovers disturbingly between the ecstatic and hysterical.
“GUMBO” means JUMBLE in an African language, it was named for an intention to make drama with a strange power that overflows from inside. Theatre GUMBO’s work is frantic, high energy, grotesque and full of black humor. They bewilder audiences with their absurd yet poignant form of comedy, revealing the inconsistent and ridiculous aspects of our behavior. Through aggressive direction, they expose the lies and truth of contemporary living, tempered only by laughing which hovers disturbingly between the ecstatic and hysterical. GUMBO was established by Director Kayo Tamura in 1994, and has since received many awards. Initially the group began performing at live music clubs in Osaka and Tokyo, playing up to 100 venues a year. GUMBO began touring internationally in 1997 performing abroad annually at Edinburgh Scotland, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia’s Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Natimuk, Mildura and Launceston. GUMBO has received international awards including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival “Spirit of the Fringe” award in 1998, and Melbourne Fringe Festival “Special Commendation” award in 2003. Kayo Tamura also received an award for her direction of the group with the “Emerging Artist Prize” in 2003.