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The Ballard of Backbone Joe

The Suitcase Royale

Presented in Season 2 2009

Presented by Arts House

6.15pm, Thurs 13 Aug
6.15pm, Fri 14 Aug
5pm, Sat 15 Aug

60 mins
$25 / $18

Arts House
Meat Market
5 Blackwood St,
North Melbourne

Contains haze effects

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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