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Crawl Me Blood

Crawl Me Blood

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Aphids in association with Melbourne Writers Festival, Vitalstatistix, Salamanca Arts Centre and Performing Lines.

Crawl Me Blood

Halcyon Macleod & Willoh S. Weiland

I had reached the forest and you cannot mistake the forest. It is hostile. The path was overgrown but it was possible to follow it. The track led to a large clear space. Here were the ruins of a stone house and round the ruins rose trees that had grown to an incredible height. I was lost and afraid among these enemy trees, so certain of danger that when I heard footsteps and a shout I did not answer.
-Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Under the southern sky, on Kulin nation land, we invite you to listen to a story about three generations of Caribbean women. White women. White cockroaches.
Grandmother Elizabeth, her daughter Gwen and Granddaughter Antoinette.

Crawl Me Blood brings together Australian artists each with a different family connection with the Caribbean, from Jamaica to Trinidad, from Barbados to Belize.

This work invites you into the gardens to encounter a family drama that lays bare our shared colonial history.


An adaptation of Wide Sargasso Sea
Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland
Composition- Felix Cross
Collaborating Artists- Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman and Denni Proctor
System Design- Matt Daniels
Video Artist- Lucy Benson
Production Management- Josh Noble
Graphic Design- Rebecca McCauley

Presented by Aphids and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in association with the Salamanca Arts Centre, Vitalstatistix and Performing Lines.

Supported by the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Tasmania, the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria with additional support from ABC Radio National, Fresh Milk Artist Platform and the Alcorso Foundation.
29 August -1 September 2018
In partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Melbourne Writers Festival

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

11-14 April 2018
Tickets here

Photos: Bryony Jackson