World Premiere
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Created by Tarryn Gill & Katt Osborne
Developed between 2017 - 2022
Text & Dramaturgy: Theo Costantino
Devisors/Performers: Brendan Ewing, Jacob Lehrer, Sarah Nelson and Rachel Arianne Ogle
Director: Katt Osborne
Masks/Puppets/Sculptures: Tarryn Gill
Set & Costume Design: Laura Heffernan
Lighting Design: Joe Paradise Lui
Sound Design & Additional Composition: Brett Smith
Sound Technician: Jeremy Turner
LED Artist: Steve Berrick
Voiceover: Igor Sas
Understudy: Jo Morris
Production Manager: Liam Murray
Stage Manager: Isabella Taylor
Sound Technician: Jeremy Turner
Co-produced by Performing Lines WA & Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Production photographs by Christophe Canato

Unheimlich is a theatrical collaboration of visual arts, and performance. Dip into this darkly-comic dream state – a house-cat will be your guide. Unheimlich, meaning un-homely/uncanny, is a space where the familiar can quickly become strange or frightening. Join our happy couple on this journey where dreams and memories merge into reality and our shadow selves come out to play. Child-like games take on a deeper significance, jokes are wielded as weapons, and masks slip to reveal things that were intended to remain out of sight.
Conjuring fantastical imagery from the recesses of the human mind, Unheimlich is a thrilling performance work by director and The Last Great Hunt alum Katt Osborne and multidisciplinary artist Tarryn Gill. Drawing inspiration from her acclaimed Guardians series of soft sculptures, Gill has created life-sized, hand-sewn masks to be animated by an exciting team of Perth’s most-established performing artists. 

UNHEIMLICH has been supported by the WA Government through the DLGSCI and its Theatre Development Initiative & PICA’s Art Commissioners. The development of this project has been supported by The Blue Room Theatre’s LOFT program.