22 September–2 October 2021
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA


Dip into the darkly-comic dream state that is UNHEIMLICH – 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 new 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 is an unmissable theatrical collaboration of visual arts, and performance.

I am excited about undertaking this collaboration with director Katt Osborne out of a desire to expand this series of works into a performative realm. It feels like the natural progression in my practice to now take these soft sculptural forms into multi-artform work that includes performative elements.

Tarryn Gill

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Wednesday 22 September – Saturday 2 October 2021

Preview | Wednesday 22 September
Opening |  Thursday 23 September
Post-show Q&A | Tuesday 28 September
Matinee | 2pm, Saturday 2 October
Panel discussion | post show, Saturday 2 October


2pm (Saturday Matinee Only)


Presale: $25
Standard: $35
Concession/Full time student: $25
Preview: $25
Schools: $25 (bookings of 10+)

+ booking fees


PICA Performance Space


Recommended ages 15+


60 minutes without interval. This is a new work – the running time is subject to change and will be updated closer to the season.


This work contains coarse language and adult themes, including some depictions of abstract and suggested violence. Please contact PICA with any queries.


  • Tarryn Gill
  • Katt Osborne
Devised with and performed by
  • Brendan Ewing
  • Jacob Lehrer
  • Sarah Nelson
  • Rachel Arianne Ogle
  • Jacob Lehrer (Movement)
  • Theo Costantino (Text)
Sound Designer
  • Brett Smith
Lighting Designer
  • Joe Paradise Lui
Light Collaborator
  • Steve Berrick
Set Designer
  • Fiona Bruce
Set and Costume Designer Associate
  • Laura Hefferman
Voiceover by
  • Igor Sas
  • Jo Morris
Production Manager
  • Liam Murray
Stage Manager
  • Isabella Taylor
Sound Technician
  • Jeremy Turner
Produced by
  • Performing Lines WA

Current dates & tickets

22 September–2 October 2021
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
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Information for Presenters

Jen Leys Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, UNHEIMLICH is commissioned by PICA and presented with Performing Lines WA

UNHEIMLICH  has been supported by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and its Theatre Development Initiative and PICA’s Art Commissioners. The development of this project has been supported by The Blue Room Theatre’s LOFT program.

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