A most secret DIY Monster Masterclass!

Secret Monster Photo Booth

James Berlyn


Step behind the curtain and into a monstrous adventure just for you. Secret Monster Photo Booth lets you call the shots and become the little terror you’ve always wanted to be. Inside the booth it’s a DIY monster masterclass – your very own ‘monster mirror’ is on hand to help you create your ghastly look. Discover your inner monster and leave with a secret memento of your visit. Suitable for reading age children up to 11 – leave your parents at the door!

James Berlyn, creator of festival shows Twyping, Splat! and Dreamstore, has made this delightfully monstrous interaction that gets your child to think, dream and participate. They’ll become part of the action and learn about themselves and their world in the process. Note: Don’t stress! Your little monster won’t be far from sight – watch your child at all times on a realtime video monitor just outside the booth.

Secret Monster Photo Booth will premiere at Joondalup Festival 2015. Please contact Producer Fiona de Garis to discuss future presentation options. 


2014 |
Joondalup Festival, Joondalup, Western Australia

Image by Simon Pynt Photography


Concept by James Berlyn
Design & Construction by James Berlyn with Mand Markey
Performed by Allan Girod, Jo Morris & Katya Shevtsov

James Berlyn is an award‐winning performing artist and lecturer of more than 25 years’ experience. Trained in dance at VCA, he has worked in dance, dance‐theatre, theatre and community art nationally and internationally as a creator, performer, director and curator. James’ hybrid one‐on‐one theatre work Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures (2009) has had more than 1000 performances  across the country including Perth, Brisbane and Sydney Festivals; Ten Days On The Island; WOMADelaide; Enlighten ACT; Festival of Live Art and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. James is the instigator and co‐founder of Proximity Festival, Australia’s first one‐on‐one performance platform. He was a founding co‐director of Tracksuit, WA’s adult disability performance company supported by DADAA WA. He is WA’s only accredited trainer for Ausdance’s Skill Set: facilitator and assessor and a core artist with Performing Lines WA. James recently returned from Europe where he was an assessor for the 2014 Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also created a new solo work in Basel, Switzerland with director Jim Hughes to be premiered in 2016. Other recent career highlights include his solo theatre work Crash Course (PICA, APACA Conference) and Awesome Festival commissions Dreamstore, Splat! and Twyping. James directed Perth festival shows Tenebrae et Lux (2013) and assisted on You Once Said Yes (2014). He performed in Sue Healey’s Variant (2012), Hydrapoesis’ Prompter, and as Lord High Executioner in ICW Productions The Mikado (2014). James created the role of Agamemnon in Matt Lutton’s Elektra (2012).



Producer Contact:
Fiona de Garis
+61 8 9200 6213


In the studio with James Berlyn

Posted: January 11th, 2016