Directed by Adam Mitchell | Written by Neil Labute | Video Mia Holton | Lighting Tess Reuvers | Black Swan State Theatre Company | The HotBed Ensemble | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts | 2012
Winner of the Equity Guild Award for Best Design 2010
“the real star of Mitchell’s production is Bruce’s eye-popping yet purposeful set. The centrepiece is a large white backdrop. It provides a gradual change in perspective, a constant subtle shift that is the key to LaBute’s strategy and the perfect compliment to this clever, polished and very entertaining production.” The West Australian. 19 May 2010
“Seeing the HotBed Ensemble production of this play made for a knockout evening. If not for the noticeably good set design (by Fiona Bruce), elegant scene changes and engaging performances that make the two hours fly by, then at least for the post-show conversation.” ArtsHub 05 Jun 2010
A chance meeting between Evelyn, a renegade art student, and Adam, a nerdy English Lit Major, sets in motion a cautionary tale of deceit and manipulation. Evelyn offers Adam the tools to dramatically reinvent himself both physically and psychologically. Though how far should you go for the one you love? A shocking dissection of cruelty, seduction and the artistic process, The Shape of Things has a startling twist, which has made this work a modern American classic.
Photography by Jarred Sing