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JUST US Season Wrap Up

Just Us, an ambitious new work of immersive physical theatre premiered on September 17th, 2014 at the Substation - a former industrial power plant, turned contemporary arts venue in Melbourne's inner West.

Just Us was set inside the "Court of Law Courts" and dealt with themes of bureacracy, social justice and discrimination. It was played out by 20 actors inside a fully immersive and custom built environment that the audience was free to explore, engaging with the multiple story lines and the daily functioning of the court house.

The skills of these performers ranged from puppetry to acting to physical theatre. This created a multi-disciplinary and spectacular work, satirising the justice system with a playfully absurd reflection of it.

A gallery of images from the show (still being edited - not to be downloaded or used without permission) can be viewed here - Dropbox, and video documentation by esteemed filmmaker Hamish McCormick is currently in production.

Directed by Mitch Jones, the show was produced by Polytropic Productions - a new production company fronted by Gordo Gamsby and Mitch Jones that has previously created temporary works for major festivals such as Harvest Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Melbourne Festival. Alongside the 20 strong cast was a crew of 10 artists working behind the scenes, making Just Us remarkable for it's ambitious scale as an independant production.

Playing from the 17th - 22nd September, Just Us enjoyed sold houses, printed reviews and online reviews, and overwhelmingly positive feedback from industry peers.
Here's what critics had to say

"A biting satire about ... a mouldering and corrupt world"
- Aussie Theatre, 28.09.14. Full review here:

"A red-tape dystopia ... reminiscent of Terry Gilliam films"
- The Age, 22.10.14. Full review here:

"Just Us has turned heads with its political edge, collaborative design and satirical force"
- HANA Theatre Journal, 24.10.14. Full review:

"A powerful presentation of a relevant and important premise"
- Nina Barry-Macaulay, 30.10.2014. Full review here:


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JUST US September 17-22

My friends! So much exciting things have been happening this Winter, it has almost made the freezing weather worthwhile. Almost..
Firstly, we renamed and relaunched our production company, formerly SUCA, as the brand new Polytropic Productions! You can find us on facebook to stay in touch!

And *drumroll* we have a huge new show about to open at the Substation. JUST US is a spectacular new promenade theatre show satirising the Kafka-esque bureaucracy of the justice system. I've been creating, directing and co-writing this production with over 30 of Melbourne's finest artists and performers, and I am very excited about the result. Tickets are on sale now from Melbourne Fringe. This will truly be an awe inspiring and unforgettable theatrical experience thats sure to be the hit of the season - so book now as seats are limited!



The Syndicate takes Adelaide Fringe by Storm!

The Syndicate did smashingly at Adelaide Fringe, selling out our final weekend in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, and taking home a highly acclaimed Circus gong at the weekly awards. We have some great new photos from our season up in the Images section. Stay tuned for news of an upcoming international Syndicate tour!



Captain Ruin, Ell Bella and Bam Bam are roaring in to Adelaide to scandalise and amaze with THE SYNDICATE!

Presented in the beautiful and historic wooden tent, Le Cascadeur, The Syndicate is this years hot ticket in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Featuring death defying sideshow, bent burlesque, daring circus stunts and mystifying magic, this is a show that will have all Adelaide talking! So don't miss out! Check out more amazing images from the show in the "images" section above, and then pre book tickets here.

Are you ready to be initiated?

14th Feb - 2nd March (no show Mon/Tues)
10.45pm (60 minutes)
Le Cascadeur, The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Rundle Park, Adelaide


Brand New Show- THE SYNDICATE!

Thats right manly ladies and gentle lads, Captain Ruin has a brand new show coming up this month in Melbourne!

Are you ready to be initiated? Come, step into a dark world of mystery with The Syndicate – a racy, late night sideshow sensation featuring acclaimed purveyors of the weird and wonderful. The deviously charming CAPTAIN RUIN, circus dare devil ELL BELLA and Madame of the macarbe - BAM BAM. Having scandalized audiences around Australia, now it’s Melbourne’s turn to be intrigued and entertained by a classic combination of DANGER! SEX! MAGIC! and PAIN!. With sinister skills designed to shock and amaze these three acclaimed performers tear through an hour of deadly delights - circus, cabaret, sideshow, magic and comedy! Howl at the moon and join The Syndicate for a night out in the underground that you’ll never forget!

Tickets are now on sale - get em here!