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.

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Discomforting and deeply unsettling, UNHEIMLICH is everything its name promises and shot through with oddball comedy so dark it will make you shiver with delight.”

Seesaw Magazine

A grim intimacy, Unheimlich undulates with alarming familiarity, poignancy and sadness (…) An intense emotional journey”

★★★★ ½ Artshub

The piece is enrapturing but also disturbing and it is certainly bleak (…) [it’s] a joy of image, sound and acting”

★★★★★ Limelight


  • Tarryn Gill
  • Katt Osborne

Devised with and performed by

  • Brendan Ewing
  • Jacob Lehrer
  • Sarah Nelson
  • Rachel Arianne Ogle
Tex & Dramaturgy
  • Theo Costantino (Text)
Sound Designer
  • Brett Smith
Lighting Designer
  • Joe Paradise Lui
LED Artist
  • Steve Berrick
Set and Costume Designer
  • 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

Information for Presenters

Following a successful premiere season at PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), we are now seeking interest from national presenters.

75min, no interval

Recommended for ages 15+
This work contains coarse language, strobe/flashing lights, smoke/haze, adult themes with reference to relationships and marriage, and includes some depictions of abstract and suggested violence.

Full-length documentation video available on request

Jen Leys Producer
Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA

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.


Photos by Christophe Canato

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