Saltbush is a plant that can be found throughout Australia in almost all Aboriginal lands, and so it represents a common thread between all the different nations of Australian Indigenous peoples. This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance and instrumental music that were created by the Aboriginal artists in this production. These artistic forms were used as a means of interpreting the natural features of the landscape in an Indigenous mythological context.

Through its sensor and infrared cameras, allows the children to interact, play and perform in the production and provides an immersive experience of the artwork. This also provides a unique experience for parents and teachers as they watch the children become involved.

The narrative centres on the journey of two friends and their spiritual guide on foot as they cross Australian landscapes – river country, an urban landscape, desert and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land, growing an understanding and acknowledging how it challenges or provokes personal journeys.

TPO’s award winning artistry in multi-media theatre for young people is combined with the work of acclaimed professional Aboriginal artists Lou Bennett (music), Delwyn Mannix (visual art), Deon Hastie and Anna Balducci (choreography), and an artistic team including Sasha Zahra (dramaturgy) under the artistic direction of Insite's Jason Cross and TPO Director Davide Venturini.


Co-Artistic Directors: Davide Venturini (Italy) & Jason Cross
Dramaturgy: Sasha Zahra
Composer/Musician: Lou Bennett (Australia/ Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung)
Choreographer: Deon Hastie (Australia/ Tjapukai)
Dancer: Caleena Sansbury (Australia/ Ngarrindjeri, Narrunga, Kaurna)
Dancer: Sani Townson (Australia/ Saibai of Koedal clan)
Narrator/Performer: Phoebe Grainer (Australia/ Mareeba, Ku ku Djungan)
Visual Artist/Designer: Delwyn Mannix (Australia/ Wangkangurru)
Digital Designer: Elsa Mersi (Italy)
Technical Designer: Rossano Monti (Italy)
Sound Designer: Spartaco Cortesi (Italy)
Artistic Collaborations: Edoardo Donatini (Italy) and Francesco Gandi (Italy)
Technical & Production Manager: Niccolo Gallio, (Italy)
TPO manager: Valentina Martini (Italy)

A Performing Lines tour for Blak Lines.


12 - 14 July | Barking Gecko Theatre Company, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth | Book Now>>
18 July | Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany | Book Now>>
21 - 22 July | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | Book Now>>
25 July | Arts Margaret River | Book Now>>
31 July | Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin |
3 August | Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine | Book Now>>
6 August | Desert Harmony Festival, Tennant Creek | Book Now>>
11 August | Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree | Book Now>>
14 & 15 August | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre | Book Now>>
18 August | Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra
22 August | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith | Book Now>>
26 August | Frankston Performing Arts Centre | Book Now>>
29 August | Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
31 August & 1 September | Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre

“…involving, engaging, theatrical magic that could and should play any theatre in the world.” Sunday Mail, Adelaide
“…enchanting and completely captivating for four-to-eight year olds and everyone else as well.” The Advertiser, Adelaide