A visionary new solo work about Chekov, climate change and the end of the world.
The Bluebird Mechanicals is an intensely disquieting new work about impending disaster that unfolds inside a natural history museum cabinet playing space.
It’s 1937 and the end of the world as we know it is nigh, only we don’t know it yet. Hitler is creating flying devices for the bloated and the rich. An artist and his muse from Chekov’s The Seagull are fishing in the moonlight. The artist is already dead, shot himself in the head he felt like such a failure, lived in a time where he was misunderstood. Tap dancers dance so happy their feet hurt. Come have a drink with us on the floating titanic in the sky. Strap yourselves in tight for the ride of your life, 36 people won’t get out of here alive. The birds up above are watching it all and they know more than you think. Outside this world of curiosities sits a Russian woman. She is having her portrait taken and telling the story of a lifetime. The world is coming unravelled. Sing a song, dance along!
Too Close to the Sun uses multi-form storytelling to create worlds that are inescapable, unnerving and dream-like. Their work directly questions the nature of performance and examines darkness with unnerving humour.
Their previous work, Of the Causes of Wonderful Things was shown at Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar:
“This is intensely moving theatre, and for all the bleakness, beautiful. Rubin makes the unbearable seem bearable. Horror bows to wonder. I left feeling stricken but radiant.”
– The Age
“The human condition can be spoken of and can be read about. But when you hear it, see it and if it unveils in front of you, haunting you, if it unsettles your being and if you begin to live within a dream narrative that has lost all boundaries – if all of this is achieved on stage then it can only be magic.”
– Australian Stage
WRITER/CO-DEVISOR/PERFORMER/VISUAL CONCEPT – TALYA RUBIN
CO-DEVISOR/DIRECTOR – NICK JAMES
SOUND DESIGNER – HAYLEY FORWARD
SET CONSULTANTS – JONATHON OXLADE & CATHIA PAGOTTO
SET BUILDER – YVETTE TURNBULL
LIGHTING DESIGNER – RICHARD VABRE
VIDEO DESIGNER – SAM JAMES
PUPPET AND OBJECT MAKERS – BRYONY ANDERSON, CHRISTOPHER BALDWIN & MATHIEU RENE
DRAMATURGE – CAMPION DECENT
SCRIPT CONSULTANT – JODI ESSERY
Metro Arts Performance Season // 7 to 17 September 2017 – Presented by Too Close To The Sun & Metro Arts
Too Close to the Sun acknowledges the support of the Theatre Arts Residency Program at The Banff Centre.
The Bluebird Mechanicals has been developed, in part, through The Collaborations, an initiative of Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.
This project is supported by the NSW government through Arts NSW.
Too Close to the Sun would like to thank le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec for its financial support.
This performance was supported through the Rex Cramphorn Studio’s Artists-in-Residence Program, in Performance Studies at the University of Sydney.
The Bluebird Mechanicals was assisted through HotHouse Theatre’s A Month in the Country residential program, a project delivered in partnership with Albury City.
Assistance has also been provided by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.
The Bluebird Mechanicals is supported by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.