“… the tiny, intimate A Quarreling Pair by Aphids was a quiet revelation with its shifting weave of human and puppet, voice and soundscore.”

Following revelatory sell-out seasons at La Mama and Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Aphids’ production A Quarreling Pair: A Triptych of Small Puppet Plays returned to its inspirational and intellectual source – New York City.

Aphids’ A Quarreling Pair is a compelling program of three miniature puppet plays inspired by the work of the same name by American avant-garde writer Jane Bowles.

Jane Bowles’ A Quarreling Pair is an intense study of the desire to feel both safe and free in our most precious relationships. Charged with Bowles’ unique blend of comedy and dark candour, this play is juxtaposed with two new works that elaborate on her ambivalent imagery. Each was written for two sister characters. In Mr Peterson’s Milkby Lally Katz, the sisters are fearlessly together, sharing a surreal adventure inside the milkman’s brain. And When They Were Good by Cynthia Troup finds the sisters restless, inhabiting an old fairytale.

Aphids’ A Quarreling Pair vividly combines object theatre, live actors, puppets and music. Witness three touching short stories brought to life on stage at the hands of actor Caroline Lee and puppeteer Sarah Kriegler.


A Quarreling Pair by Jane Bowles (copyright © 1966 by Jane Bowles, used with permission of The Wylie Agency LLC)
Mr Peterson’s Milk by Lally Katz
And When They were Good by Cynthia Troup

Director – Margaret Cameron
Performers – Caroline Lee, Sarah Kriegler
Sound Design – Jethro Woodward
Lighting Design – Richard Vabre
Songs – Paul Bowles
Producer – David Young
Concept & Research – Cynthia Troup

The tour of Aphids’ A Quarreling Pair: A Triptych of Small Puppet Plays to New York was made possible through the Aphids Sans Frontières Travel Fund which supports Aphids’ international projects. Thankyou to our Founding Donors.

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.