Delivering a show created by one of Australia's leading circus directors, Zebastian Hunter, the new Perpetual Frustration Machine, offers a new take on life with a stellar cast and renowned creatives at Theatre Works from the 7- 23 December 2018.

Perpetual Frustration Machine is an explosive insight into the universal dilemma of modern human desire, combining surreal circus work with athletic brilliance, astonishing imagery and provocative text.

Four daring physical artists throw themselves against the destructive desire for darkness, embracing the poetry of Sewell’s text whilst taking the audience on an adventure spanning great heights. Comical, poignant, frenetic and poetic, this joyous dance of daring circus invites audiences to cavort along with performers until the worlds end.

Created by Stephen Sewell (AFI award-winning) and Hunter, these two writers have realised a circus drama inspired by the seminal works of psychoanalyst and philosopher, Jacques Lacan, particularly his relationship to the Death Drive.

Hunter and Sewell are joined by some of Australia’s leading theatrical creatives including associate director Benjamin Sheen, alongside talented Lighting Designers, collaborators and Sound Designers.

Central to the show is the legendary cast, which includes physical theatre visionary Debra Batton, and Adam O’Connor-McMahon, who is considered one of Australia's brightest circus performers, Seth Scheuner and Stephanie Benson.  

Offering a show that gives a starling display of acts, juggling, tight wire, contortion, pole dancing, aerial hoop, knife throwing and much more to express the extreme depths of our modern affliction - see the singularly original Perpetual Frustration Machine at:


Location: Theatre Works (14 Acland St, St Kilda)

Dates: 7 -23 December 2018

Time: Wednesday to Saturday - 8pm, Sunday – 5pm

Cost: $33.00 - $45.00 (booking fees included)

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