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2008 Event Media Release - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Issued Monday, May 26, 2008

The Studio at Sydney Opera House presents
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

17 – 28 June, The Studio

Animation by Paul Bill Barritt

With Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Lillian Henley on piano

Presented in association with Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne with support from the British Council

“A devilishly good piece of work from a young company…I doubt you will see anything this deliciously nasty all year.” The Guardian

The unexpected sell-out hit of the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe was the wickedly twisted debut production from 1927, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

A cross between Tim Burton, David Lynch and the Brothers Grimm, this series of fractured fairy tales blurs the lines between what is performed and what is projected.

Merging real life with fiction and film, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea features the deliciously sinister tales of acclaimed storyteller Suzanne Andrade.

From a hapless cat’s countdown of his nine unfortunate deaths to seamen, STDs and Satan in many guises – this is dark and deadly humour with a Weimar cabaret twist.

Seamlessly combined with the animation of Paul Bill Barritt and accompanied live on piano by Lillian Henley, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a gorgeous homage to silent cinema, mime and music hall.

Scratchy pencil drawings morph into vintage film sequences as performers Esme Appleton and Andrade use the rolling film as a set, crafting noirish accounts of gun-toting gingerbread men, cross-dressing devils and a menacing pair of homicidal twins.

Developed by 1927 at London’s Battersea Arts Centre, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea won five awards at Edinburgh including a Fringe First, a Herald Angel and a Total Theatre Award for Best Emerging Company.

Sweet, sinister and surreal, this is story, comedy, music, poetry and animation like Australian audiences have never experienced before.

“This is the kind of show you dream of finding…a strange and wonderful little gem that feels utterly fully formed.” Metro

SEASON DETAILS: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Dates/Times: Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 June at 8.15pm & Tues 24 to Sat 28 June at 9.30pm
Venue:  The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $35 or $25 concession. Preview $25/$20,
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at
Duration: 55 minutes

Also touring to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 11–14 June and at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne from 1–13 July.


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