Terror Australis is a grindhouse cabaret edgier than a serial killer's machete. Performed by psycho-siren Leah Shelton (Polytoxic, La Clique), this f**ked-up outback Contiki tour is a frothing hot mess of black comedy, anti-burlesque and cynical pole dance.
Trapped inside a sweltering pulp film mash-up, Shelton trawls through the roadkill of the Australian national identity to reveal a litany of brutality and paranoia, drenched in sweat and beer.
Come Down Under to a sunburnt country where cars rule, hitchhiking kills and dingoes eat babies.
WINNER: John Chataway Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe 2016.
WINNER: Matilda Awards, Best Set Design 2016.
WINNER: Darwin Fringe Gold Croc Award, Best Cabaret 2017.
NOMINEE: Performance Award, Melbourne Fringe 2016.
NOMINEE: Matilda Awards, Best Cabaret, Best Costume Design, Best AV Design.
NOMINEE: Green Room Awards, Best Contemporary and Experimental Performer.
“reveals the blood in the dirt of the Australian outback ...
energetic, exciting, gruesome, beautiful”
(4.5 stars, Rip It Up)
Creator / Performer: Leah Shelton
Conceptual Collaborator: Daniel Evans
Sound Design: Kenneth Lyons
Video Design: optikal bloc
Original Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright
Production Manager & Lighting Realisation: Justin Marshman
Dramaturgical Assistance: Saffron Benner
Voiceovers: Margi Brown Ash, Leon Cain, Caroline Dunphy
Stories: Dead Man Walking, Scott Wright, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay