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Chrissie Parrott Performance Company brings together an exceptional creative team of Western Australian artists to explore this multi-art production incorporatng dance, music, large scale painted artworks and text.

This is a journey to bring the artwork of West Australian visual artist Patrick Doherty to life through theatre. During a series of intensive workshops, exploring all aspects of sound, movement, text and design, a rigorous foundation for the production is built.

The characters inhabiting Doherty’s canvases, half animal/half human, are sketched as if they were passing thoughts, nightmares or the effluence of a disturbed subconscious. Writer Reg Cribb describes Doherty’s work as “paintings that seize one by the jugular, kick down the doors of perception and suggest a myriad of stories full of darkness and wonder.”

Parrott’s distinctive theatrical style explores all aspects of the human condition through the absurd, the romantic and animalistic, and offers a unique approach to extend Doherty’s artworks into the theatrical arena.

Director/ Choreographer Chrissie Parrott
Visual Artist Patrick Doherty
Writer Reg Cribb
Composer Jonathan Mustard
Performers Kate Hall, George Shevtsov, Claudia Alessi, Rhiannon Newton, Russell Leonard, Kirsty Hillhouse, Tom Penney and Scott Ewen
Musician Tristen Parr
Produced by Performing Lines WA


Chrissie Parrott Performance Company (formally Jambird) was founded by Chrissie Parrott – a highly prolific, multi-award winning dance choreographer, and Jonathan Mustard – an experienced composer, working with computer music, visual arts and animation.

Together they create hybrid performance works which are highly theatrical and often merge dance with theatre, visual arts, and live music.

In 2008 Parrott and Mustard, together with Blue Moon Film and Video, were commissioned by iArts to create Motel Deception – a multi-platform, multi-artform work which included a short dance film that was screened on ABCTV in June 2009, and an interactive website.

Since working with Performing Lines WA, Parrott and Mustard has toured The Garden at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle.

In January 2011 Parrott and Mustard presented 2 at the opening gala performance at the new State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Currently they are in creative development for Reign, a multi-art form production exploring the artwork of Patrick Doherty in a theatrical arena.




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