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Whelping Box

Branch Nebula, Matt Prest & Clare Britton

Presented in Season 2 2013

Presented by Arts House, Branch Nebula, Matt Prest and Clare Britton

9pm, Wed 4 Sep
9pm, Thu 5 Sep
9pm, Fri 6 Sep with Post-Show Q&A
3.30pm, Sat 7 Sep
9pm, Sat 7 Sep
6.30pm, Sun 8 Sep

70 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Performance contains nudity
15 years and older

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Wheelchair Accessible

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Provocative and intelligent, visceral and strange: Whelping Box is a breeding ground for wild things; for dogs and gods.

Two performers chain themselves to stakes, to test their limits and strip themselves of civility. Through feats of endurance, absurd rituals and idiosyncratic mythmaking, they map out a restless and aggressive initiation. Like athletes or shamans, they are your guides, guinea pigs and preachers. They feed on your energy in a series of tasks that attempt to transcend the confines of normality.

With the audience seated around the action in a giant whelping-box-cum-catwalk, this is a place to test the body, the performer, and the spectator; a place of unsettling permissions and a pageantry born of violence. Blurring the lines between theatre, dance and performance art, Whelping Box fearlessly explores concepts of self-made mythology, machismo, and the power that lies in places of powerlessness

Clare Britton, Matt Prest, Lee Wilson, Mirabelle Wouters
Sound Design:
Jack Prest


Supported by – Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Performance Space; and the Hothouse Month in the Country residency program. Branch Nebula is supported by Managing and Producing Services (MAPS) NSW, a joint initiative supported by the Australia Council and Arts NSW. MAPS NSW is managed by Performing Lines
Image by – Heidrun Löhr