GASP – A steampunk performance


Gasp directed by Michelle Sowdon

Michelle Sowdon is a member of WAYTCo & offering discounted tickets to WAYTCo  members of $10 on Tuesday nights (Full price normally $25 and concession $20 so it’s a bargain and the best offer that she’s doing!).  Print out the email and bring to the box office with your membership card when collecting tickets.

The Blue Room Theatre and Hook in Eye present GASP

“You can’t imagine the amount of ugly underwear I see here… I think it’s important to dress like you might end up in Emergency, you know?”

Rushed to hospital after a heart attack scare, 24-year-old Grace is told she is the picture of health. The difficulty breathing, the dizziness and the tightness in her throat are all in her head – or at least because of her head.

Post-emergency, Grace seeks help for what turns out to be an anxiety disorder, only to find there is a lot more mythology than medicine when it comes to mental illness.

Alongside Grace’s struggle there is another girl from a Victorian institution – an era of change and experiment – whose experience is frighteningly similar.

Gasp  uses animation and steampunk stylings to combine a surreal imagining of a 19th Century mental institution with the realism of today’s mental health system, posing the question: have we really progressed all that far?

Written by Suzanne Rofe. Directed by Michelle Sowden. Set & Costume design by Monique Wajon.
Featuring Nate Doherty, Brendan Ewing, Michelle Francis, Natalie Holmwood and Fran Middleton
Sound & Lighting design by Joe Lui. Animation by Nathan Mewett.

4 – 21 August. 7pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Preview 3 August. Meet the Artists 11 August.

The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street Northbridge.

Bookings 9227 7005 |

If you’d like to see the excellent animation that is inspiring some of the visual and animation sequences for the show, watch the video below –


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