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2010 Event Media Release - The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

Media Release: Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sydney Opera House presents the world premiere of a devilish new show from Britain’s 1927

“The integration of video and live performance is, with the possible exception of Nigel Jamieson’s Honour Bound, the best I’ve ever seen.” Sydney Morning Herald

Two years after their sold-out Sydney Opera House debut, the exciting and innovative British theatre company 1927 returns to bewitch Australian audiences with the world premiere of another wickedly twisted tale.

Sweet, sinister and surreal, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets continues to develop the highly sophisticated relationship between animation and live performer that was explored in the award-winning Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

Creating a rich theatrical landscape in which the possibilities are limitless, 1927 will again employ early animation techniques, alongside modern cinematic devices to blur the boundaries between what is projected and what is performed.

Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with films and the stunning animation of Paul Bill Barritt this “frighteningly gifted new theatre company” (The Times, UK) features performers Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Lillian Henley.

Unlike their previous outing which drew comparisons with the likes of Tim Burton and David Lynch with a hint of Weimar Cabaret, The Animals and the Children took to the Streets is more Betty Boop meets B-Grade movie with a hint of film noir.

Taking the audience through a fractal looking glass, the critically acclaimed company has shaped a multi-dimensional world of intrigue, suspicion and paranoia.

Set in a tenement block in a dystopian city, a beast is on the loose and its residents are ruled by fear. This is a world where a man’s shadow can grow a tail and the snout of a wolf; where mirrored reflections move out of time; where telephones grow legs and run away; and where the ‘beast’ is always present. 

Using the rolling film as a set, the story unfolds within a series of mysterious scenes.  The fears of each  character will distort what is shown until the very fabric of the world 1927 has created is brought into question. 

Trust no one. Suspect even your own shadow.

1927 return to Sydney Opera House as part of our international Adventures program of innovative performing arts. The company will also perform at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne from November 9 to 28.

WARNING: Total Lockout - latecomers will not be admitted

WHAT: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
WHO: 1927
WHEN: 20 – 31 October  
WHERE: The Studio
TIMES:  8.15pm (Wed - Sat), 5.30pm (Sun) and 7pm (Tue)
DURATION: 90mins
PRICE: From $49 or $39 concession. Under 30 $30
BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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