CHANTS DES CATACOMBES at the Old Adelaide Gaol is a macabre musical theatre experience weaving popular and classical songs with dark stories of sex, love and femininity.
“We call it immersive theatre. The audience move through memories and moments carefully created within the atmospheric surrounds,” says director Bryce Ives.
“Four pianos are placed around the gaol alongside drums, harps and violins. The acoustics in the Gaol are resonant, ambient and spectacular. It’s like this place was built for live music,” says musical director Nathan Gilkes.
“The gaol is most definitely haunted.” says actor Laura Burzacott. “Already in our rehearsals many strange and unexplainable things have occurred. Door open and close. Electricity mysteriously turns off. Understandably as an actor, I’m superstitious so I always say hello to the ghosts every time I enter my wing of the gaol,”
“This is a large and ambitious Fringe collaboration, in one of South Australia’s most interesting places. I’m not convinced the gaol is haunted. But if it is, I'm sure the spirits are on our side,” says Ives.
A team of thirteen theatre makers are embarking upon this ambitious site-specific work, including harpist/ actor Anna Boulic, actors Laura Burzacott and Zoe McDonald, designer Nicola Andrews, costume maker Sophie Woodward and electric violinist Xani Kolac.
CHANTS DES CATACOMBES is a little story about three murdered women: a showgirl, a surgeon and a courtesan. The innocence of each woman has been stripped. For these three dead women history has turned the page, yet they continue to walk restlessly up and down the dark corridors of the Catacombes, remembering and forgetting.
CHANTS DES CATACOMBES plays nightly at various time from the 22nd to 29th of February, for a strictly limited season.
Bookings with Fringe Tix