10 – 14 August 2016
Wed – Sun 7:30pm
Venue: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
Theatre Company: The Living Room Theatre
In the reimagining of I Love Todd Sampson, The Living Room Theatre celebrates 15 years of work and survival with a collision of two of its most significant works Billie (2003) & I Love Todd Sampson (2013)
I Love Todd Sampson redux is a theatrical experience which integrates architecture, sound, film, equine science and performance to expose the vulnerability of human nature.
Laura is not doing too well – old friends are back to haunt her as she tries to hide from her past. During difficult years with her father, the young girl Billie constructed an alternative reality. She emerges as Laura, who is struggling with her life and trying to create a new reality. It is the voice of television identity Todd Sampson – co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative and commentator on Gruen & The Project – that brings comfort.
As she lurches between her real and imagined lives, her past, present and uncertain future merge, until she discovers Sampson bathing in her tub.
The cast includes Michelle St Anne as the protagonist Laura/Billie, a five year old Iberian horse Jazz, and his trainer Kate Fenner.
Set within a circuitous environment created by architectural muse, Genevieve Lilley, the onlookers are woven into the journey as they follow Laura/Billie through the many spaces, alcoves and corridors of 107 Projects. Along the way the audience joins Kate & Jazz for tea and toast, before finding them both sitting quietly on a couch deep inside the venue.
Something is not quite right…is it?
“We all find comfort in different ways. There is no choice in who helps us. Life chooses for us.”
Animateur & Performer: Michelle St Anne
Equine Performer: Jazz
Equine Trainer & Performer: Kate Fenner
Architectural Muse: Genevieve Lilley
Costume & Object: Lian Loke
Media Artist: Imogen Cranna
Technical Director: Matt Osborne
Original Compositions: Alister Spence and Lawrence English
Produced by: The Living Room Theatre
Assistant Producer: Sue Spence
Photo: Julie Samerski
Design: Ray Parsley
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