Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:31

The Dark Party: Dirty Brothers

Nipple-hanging stunts, disillusioned modern circus tricks and physical comedy are just some of the many things to expect from this highly-acclaimed performance.

“From the surreal to the sublime, and just plain funny, this is a theatrical event like no other. Think Samuel Beckett meets the Tokyo Shock Boys and makes a silent movie,” explains performer Patrick Bath.

“It's a genre-defying [piece of theatre]. Basically it's silent comedic theatre with this sideshow twist. So you will see a sword swallowed and you will see rat-traps set off on someone's tongue. You'll see things you might see in a sideshow but they are in a more beautiful and theatrical environment.

“We are these three broken-down, dirty, hobo clowns and we go through all these absurd situations where we perform sideshow stunts as part of these situations. There's a whole series of disconnected vignettes all around the theme of heading towards a party.

'The Dark Party' is certainly an unusual style of theatre performance because there are no spoken words in the show.

“There is this full-on soundtrack of old fashioned music and beats all mixed together, so it's quite noisy and quite a loud show but there is actually no talking.”

There is also a scene involving nipples, but it's not as funny as it sounds. “The nipple [scene] is actually a very beautiful scene, it's a very sad scene about loss … It's about a person who has reached such a low point in their life that they wish to cause some sort of pain to themselves.

“What he does physically in the stunt is connects car batteries to his nipples and ultimately lifts the car battery off the ground. Also, he gets some jumper leads out and electrocutes himself. It's quite exceptional.”

The performance certainly sounds absurd but Patrick explains, “I find [that] the audience is not so shocked because they feel a real empathy with us. Because the [performance] has so much humour in it, they're laughing at seeing these things that would otherwise probably horrify them.

“So the 'The Dark Party' has a real visceral response, the audience can feel what we're feeling but are also finding it (hopefully) quite hilarious. I think it's the type of show where people who normally wouldn't be able to go see a sideshow because it's too squeamish would definitely be able to go and see this.

“People, be brave, come along. I guarantee that if [you] come to see the show [you] will see something that you'll never forgot. You will remember it for the rest of your lives.”

'The Dark Party' hits the Judith Wright Centre from November 28-30.

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