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Crawl Me Blood

Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart & Barbados
Crawl Me Blood

Aphids and Performing Lines, in association with Vitalstatistix

Crawl Me Blood

Halcyon Macleod & Willoh S. Weiland

An adaptation of Jean Rhys' novel Wide Sargasso Sea

Crawl Me Blood propels you through the Botanical Gardens at night, to encounter a radical reimagining of Jean Rhys groundbreaking work of fiction. With music, performance and rum punch, Rhys White-Creole experience is reframed - an Australian woman encounters the horrific rot of her colonial heritage.

A little white cockroach is crawling home to the Caribbean for the first time and she is determined to have a rich cultural experience.

As the audience journeys through the intoxicating setting of the gardens, layers of fiction and auto-biography are peeled away. Crawl Me Blood is the real life unpacking of race and gender in the ferment of our post-colonial world.

Directed by Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland with Felix Cross, Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman, Matt Daniels and Alexis West. A team of artists with all who have very different connections with the Caribbean region.

Blackness in the white imagination has nothing to do with black people.
- Claudia Rankin

Adapted from the novel by Jean Rhys
Directed by Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland
Composition by Felix Cross
System design by Matt Daniels
Performed by Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman, Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland
Sound consultant - JR Brennan
Supermassive Mentorships - Meg Wilson and Jasmin Salomon

Produced for Aphids by Claire Portek
Produced by Performing Lines by Narelle Lewis


Writing, Hobart:
30 Jan - 20 March, 2017
Development, Melbourne:
27 March - 13 April, 2017
12 & 13 April, 2017

25 May - 5 June, 2015
Showings: 6-8 June, 2015
April & July 2016
Presentation about work in progress: 7 July 2016, ACMI X

13 April - 16 May, 2015

Crawl Me Blood is made possible with support from Mobile States, Vitalstatistix, Salamanca Arts Centre, the Alcorso Foundation and Fresh Milk Artist Platform (Barbados) and ABC Radio National. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Melbourne through its 2015-17 Arts and Culture Triennial Program.