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Crimson Rosella

MERRIGONGX 2020 Artist Profile


Based on the boundlessly beautiful far south coast of NSW, Crimson Rosella Creative Adventures brings together extraordinary local and visiting musicians and theatre makers to create compelling live performance experiences for our community and the world. Crimson Rosella exists to make and share life-affirming performances. Our purpose is to find and tell stories (big and small) that celebrate our shared humanity in imaginative, bold and sometimes eccentric ways through music, theatre, words, images and ideas.

Artist Statement

Dead Horse Gap is a dark trippy Western revelling in black humour, odd characters and surreal twists. Loosely inspired by Jim Jarmusch’s iconic 1995 film Dead Man, it tells of the strange journey and mysterious disappearance of photographer Charlie Chaste in the fictional frontier town of Dead Horse Gap on the far south coast of NSW – a part of the continent that was indeed ‘the end of the line’ during its troubled settlement in the late 18th century. Here local stories abound of lawless encounters between the dregs, throwbacks and opportunists of the British colonial system – a desperate world of whalers, runaways and fortune-­seekers hopelessly unequal to the wilderness surrounding them.

The radically different backgrounds of Lindy Hume, songwriter Heath Cullen and Leland Kean have enabled us to create a new mode of contemporary music theatre storytelling, inform exploration and extend the work’s scope beyond any individual style. We seek to create a contemporary theatre vernacular embedded in an authentic experience of regional Australia.

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