The Ballard of Backbone Joe
The Suitcase Royale
A dollar fight gone wrong, a classy Shiela with a mind for revenge and a private detective hot on her heels… The Ballard of Backbone Joe tells a twisted tale of the apparent murder of Messy Dimes Dan, owner of the town’s abattoir and boxing emporium.
Set in the roaring carnival days of pre-war Australia, this tin-pan alley opera presents a jigsaw-puzzle narrative using film, visual trickery, bone-crunching physical theatre and the unique Rag’n’ Bone music and junkyard aesthetic of Melbourne-based trio The Suitcase Royale. Contra bass, banjo,guitar,accordion, drums and the ghostly voice of a red-dressed vixen carry this broken-down truck of a musical down the windy road of revenge.
Created and performed by:
The Suitcase Royale : Joseph O’Farrell, Miles O’Neil and Glen Walton
Outside eyes provided by:
Neill Gladwin and Kent Johnston
Supported by – Australian Government through the Australian Council,its funding and advisory body
Image by – John O’Neil