The Frock

In a unique meeting of the traditional and the technological, two of Australia’s foremost dance creatives, Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM collaborate with Tasmania’s Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) to bring to the stage a dance theatre work like no other.

Spoken word, song, soundscape, installation, costume and machine are used create an innovative theatrical experience that embroiders together a tale inspired by photographs from ensemble members in their “best dress”.

The Frock is a patchwork of personal recollection and aspiration that expands on ideas of how Australians lived, have loved, why they dance and what makes their hearts sing.

The girl gazing at the frock said: “Queen of my wardrobe at last you are mine”. The frock replied: “Yes, you bought me, but the instant you wore me, I owned you.”

Graeme Murphy AO




Graeme Murphy

Creative Associate
Janet Vernon

Mature Artists Dance Experience

Set Design
Gerard Manion

Costume Design
Jennifer Irwin

Lighting Design
Damien Cooper

Sound Design
Christopher Gordon, Christo Curtis

Robot Body Design
Gerard Manion

Paul Fenech

Stage Manager
Kelly Drummond Cawthon

Tour Manager
Annette Downs

Lighting and Sound Operation
Nick Glen

Robot Wrangler
Jerome Manion

Produced by
Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

Presentation History

Saitama Arts Theater
Saitama, Japan
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Full Presentation History for The Frock

Saitama Arts Theater
Saitama, Japan
Ten Days On The Island Festival
Hobart, TAS

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

THE FROCK premiered at Ten Days on the Island Festival 2017 in co-presentation with MADE

MADE performed alongside Sadler’s Wells Company of Elders and Saitama Gold Theatre as part of the WORLD GOLD THEATRE 2018 in Saitama Japan with the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation, Australia Now and the Regional Arts Fund.


Hero image by Sandi Sissell
Production shots by Sandi Sissell and Terence Munday

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