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I saw her call for her mother... I thought it was strange. 

On a night as warm as day time - but night time - Honey submits to the perfumes of fate. On a midnight quest to force a woman to be her mother, Honey is sucked into a cosmic fabric that tickles her, but that she can't understand. Each stitch she unpicks, each housemate that dies, each terrible disguise, each kidnap, each vision - each brings her where and for why and with who? As greater and greater forces dip their toes in her mouth, Honey is manipulated past the point of no return and spirals down beneath the hallucinated city she was born in. The cat! The snake! The child! A trick! A secret! And up rises the winter moon. And over flies you, a beautiful flock of baby birds. And there goes Honey; she gets tossed in the river all the same. 

Zagazig is a gory and dreamlike chase through a nighttime Brisbane. An excavation of magical thinking. Action packed, music filled, loud, quiet and fast/slow - a theatre for the middle of the night but it won't be but PRETEND! PRETEND!

Written and directed by Esther Dougherty


Eli Free as Honey

Luke Diamond as Kitty

Severin Faust as Apep

Kundai Walter Gotore as The Ibis

Liam Linane as Fly, Dancer #1, Björn, and Death

Siobhan Gibbs as Amelia, Dancer #2, Nonie, and Haunted Drawers

Phoebe Manning as Cowboy, Pot Plant, and Tommy

Ben Snaith as Victor and Diane

Damien Crisis as Chorus

Harry Doherty as Chorus

Beetel Miyela as Chorus

Hannah Winn as Chorus

Sound Design and live score performed by James Eyre Walker, with SOLCHLD

With special guests Guppy

Movement Direction by Yuki Tanaguchi

Set Design by Clo Love and Seren Wagstaff

Costumes by Asia 

Lighting by Steven May

Projection by Nevin Howell

Stage Management by Kian Dillon

Co-produced by Esther Dougherty and Tori Barlow with support from Kian Dillon

Marketing and Production support from T'keya Chambers

Poster Design by Clo Love

Presented by Curtain World

Run time: 120min

Doors 30min before show starts


Wednesday June 21 - PREVIEW: 6 - 8.30pm
Thursday June 22 - OPENING NIGHT: 6.30 - 9pm
Friday June 23: 6.30 - 9pm
Saturday June 24 - MATINEE: 12.30 - 3pm and CLOSING NIGHT 6.30 - 9pm

ACCESSIBILITY: Venue is wheelchair accessible, with limited but flexible front row wheelchair and ambulant seating available. Parking at entrance by request only - please contact to ensure you will have the parking and seating you need. Bathrooms are on the ground floor, but cubicles are not wheelchair or ambulant accessible. 

Loud music and sudden semi-blackouts throughout. Strobing.

CONTENT WARNING: Adult content, simulated violence, sexual references, nudity - Recommended 13+

Zagazig is performed on the unceded lands of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples. We pay respect to elders, and acknowledge enduring sovereignty. VENTspace stands alongside Musgrave Park, which has long been an important meeting and ceremonial site for First Nations people. We pay our respects to the long history of that place, and honour the significance of performing near that place.
Always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.   

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