It kind of feels like a match made in, well if not heaven, certainly somewhere.
The notorious Beechworth Lunatic Asylum has the honour of helping unveil one their most ominous exhibitors so far early next month.
The Baby Farmer, a confronting yet ambitious work by some of Australia’s most bizarre performers, The Laudanum Project, is on its way on 17-18 March.
Presented in a variety of media (performance, fine art exhibition, and art-based book) this story of a helpless child and her unbalanced mother forms an ever-shifting musical tapestry, a tale of destiny, lost innocence, and the nature of evil.
The Laudanum Project, a small troupe of travellers, collectors and bon vivants who hail from Melbourne, have been shocking audiences since 2009, combining the darkest concepts with the highest quality of writing, performance, and music.
A Laudanum Project performance typically consists of intricate and powerful storytelling that takes its cues from the masters such as Poe, Dickens and Bradbury.
Underneath the seething and visceral monologues sits a dark and unsettling soundscape that serves as a constantly shifting soundtrack which accompanies the entire story from beginning to end.
The overall effect is traditionally theatrical yet intensely cinematic as the audience are coaxed into horrific worlds and scenarios that they very often end up painting themselves.
Alongside the unsettling performance, Victorian artist Chloe Neath’s exquisite artwork from the book will be exhibited, each piece intricately detailed charcoal on brown paper, each piece both disturbing and beautiful, each piece for sale, along with signed copies of the published work.
VENUE: Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. Mayday Hills Village, Beechworth.
Interested? Call 0473 376 848
DATES: 17 and 18 March.
PERFORMANCE TIMES: All shows are 8pm for a 9pm start.
TICKETS: $40 TO PURCHASE: hQps://www-34p.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_asylumghosts_start.html? ctlsrc=1482057640348&src=01d&category=234XFRTLE154A3FAB427
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes