A triptych of miniature puppet plays for adults.

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

A Quarreling Pair is an intriguing program of three miniature puppet plays inspired by the work of the same name by American avantgarde 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 Milk by 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.

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

Creators – Margaret Cameron, Lally Katz, Sarah Kriegler, Caroline Lee, Amelia Roper, Cynthia Troup, Jethro Woodward & David Young
Music – Paul Bowles

Supported by Arts Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Madfish Fine Wine.

Melbourne International Arts Festival

Images by Yatzek

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.