The Living Room Theatre debuts:
I Love Todd Sampson
First tickets released for new collaborative performance piece
I Love Todd Sampson is an Australian first, multi-disciplinary theatre work integrating architecture, music, light and performance. The work encompasses the creative involvement of nine architectural teams, a jazz composer, sound designer, installation artist and performers.
The central character to the story is an increasingly lonely, middle-aged woman named Laura, supported by the ‘friends’ who live inside her. Laura’s ‘friends’ have manifested from paintings, furniture and walls to help her overcome traumatic childhood experiences, forming the anchors which ultimately bring her back from taking her life over the edge.
In search of a new comfort, Laura immerses herself in the life of Todd Sampson (CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative and commentator on The Gruen Transfer).
The reassuring and charming voice of the Canadian-born ad-man permeates the performance, as Laura constructs a new reality piecing together fragments of Sampson’s life until she discovers him bathing in her tub.
An experiential performance, the audience physically follows Laura through the set as her ‘friends’ draw her back to the relative safety of their imagined world.
The setting for I Love Todd Sampson, Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay, was selected specifically for the project due to its historic beauty and disquieting nature, which becomes a metaphor for the lead character’s state of mind. The audience travels through her reality across two floors of the immense and haunted space.
Written, directed and produced by the rare theatrical artist Michelle St.Anne, founder of The Living Room Theatre, I Love Todd Sampson is a sensory-rich play that deals with themes of mental health and loneliness in an engaging and unexpected way.
"Our work gives a voice to those vulnerable in our community. It’s about framing the everyday into beautiful artistic works so we can allow others to see into this world through a less confronting platform."
"In I Love Todd Sampson, the audience becomes a part of the action — as they enter rooms to explore and discover images, atmospheric sounds and repeated moments. And yes, Todd Sampson does know about it,” St.Anne said.
I Love Todd Sampson runs for 90 minutes with no interval and will be showing at Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, every day from Thursday 28 February until Saturday 9 March 2013 at 7.30pm. Matinee performances will be shown on Sunday 3rd and 10th March at 4pm.
Tickets are $50/$35 and can be purchased online at Moshtix
More details can be found on The Living Room Theatre website livingroomtheatre.org
For more information please contact:
Emma Collison Publicity
M 0418 584 795
About The Living Room Theatre
The Living Room Theatre is a not for profit performance company, committed to the continual deconstruction of traditional theatre boundaries, winner of the prestigious AbaF, Woodside Better Business Award — NSW/ACT, and were also recognised for Best Practice by the Australia Business Arts Foundation.
We create work to challenge and extend audiences perception of theatre by making sensory oriented works that are beautiful to watch, to experience.
Through the disciplines of movement, installation, sound, film and text we inhabit space and deconstruct the narrative line to create a new platform to receive work.
The themes flow between beauty and suffering by exploring the subtext of everyday life.
Works by The Living Room Theatre include: I Love Todd Sampson, A Little Room, Man 40 Seeks Woman with Good Legs, The Intimacies of Women, Billie: a girl, a swing and underpants, Plez’her, Deadlines, Everybody Sing and Sleep. livingroomtheatre.org