A Queensland Theatre Company production in association with RealTV.
The Orphanage Project is an epic fairytale set in a mythical timeless Australian orphanage. The work tells a history of institutionalization from the perspectives of six women living from 1820 to 2007. The play incorporates techniques of shadow play, puppetry, cinema, object theatre, ritual, dance and song. The work also borrows and subverts genres such as Melodrama, Gothic Horror and Frontier drama.
“The Betzien-Cáceres collaboration represents much of the best new theatre that has emerged in Queensland over the past five years…”
Ben Eltham, The Courier Mail
“Old School story telling techniques like shadow play, tableaux, ‘live’ music and puppetry gel with the play’s 19th century-like preoccupation with horror and abjection, but seem thoroughly modern and inventive in application.”
Jo Walker, Scene Magazine
“Cáceres’ direction proves flawless as the disciplined ensemble members take up their individual stories and metamorphose-flow- into and out of their many characters’
Mary Nemeth, Time Off
‘Betzien’s script is a model for theatrical writing, with dialogue intervening only when action and Pete Goodwin’s atmospheric score alone can’t suffice.”
Martin Buzacott, The Australian.