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The Smallest Stage (working title)

Dates: February 2022: Bunbury Regional Arts Centre; Major Festival Presentation (soon to be announced)

Company: BREC

Role: Director, Dramaturg, Co-Creator


The Smallest Stage is an autobiographical theatre work, recounting the period of Kim Crotty’s life in which he was sent down for growing cannabis in the UK. Whilst serving his two-year sentence in Dartmoor prison, he discovered that ordinary means of communication with his two sons, then 3 and 5 years old, were heartbreakingly ineffective and became desperate to maintain his relationship with them. Powerless in his real world, he created fictional worlds in order to overcome the divide that separated them. He wrote and illustrated 47 children’s stories for his sons, before being deported back to Australia and reunited with them. This work deals with issues of identity, masculinity, family history and stories and what it means to raise boys; all set to the backdrop of commercial cannabis production and incarceration, interspersed with the funny and colourful stories Kim wrote for his boys.

The work in development is leaning heavily on audio-guided performance, enlisting pairs of child-and-parent volunteers to help create the performance with us each night. Other forms likely to feature in the work include animation, live stream video, object theatre and puppetry.

Ben Mortley (pictured) will be the narrator and storyteller in the work.


Watch this space