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I Love Todd Sampson


I Love Todd Sampson

A horrifying tale is told while comfort is found in strange places.

Billie is a young girl, clinging to her mothers’ coat, trying to piece together the story of her abandonment. Real, imagined and distorted events display the confusion of her private world. After several suicide attempts Billie emerges as Laura as she constructs a fragile new reality. She befriends a cellist and a horse before searching for her panacea – television identity Todd Sampson’s voice – to cure her need for intimacy and comfort. She lurches between her real and imagined lives – her past, present and uncertain future – until she discovers him bathing in her tub.

Deftly weaving together an enigmatic film and sound score, Michelle St. Anne delicately performs as the young girl, the woman her mother, the girl pretending to be the woman, and the girl becoming a woman. Immersed in visually rich territory and imagined confusion, a horrifying tale unfolds and questions too awful to consider are posed. The onlookers too are woven into the journey as the characters explore the boundaries between performer and audience, public and private.

I Love Todd Sampson is the reimagining of The Living Room Theatre’s two most renowned performances, I Love Todd Sampson – Voices of the Vulnerable andBillie, a girl, a swing and underpants.

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
Composers: Alister Spence and Lawrence English

Produced by: The Living Room Theatre
Assistant Producer: Sue Spence
Mentoring Producer: Katy Green Loughrey

Photo: Julie Samerski
Design: Ray Parslow


Performance times and details

Thursday 10 – Sunday 14 August 2016
107 Projects | 107 Redfern St | Redfern

Tickets on sale 20 June 2016 at 9.00am

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