In Repertoire

The Malthouse Theatre and Aphids Presents



“Artfully crafted and almost impossibly beguiling…Aphids has crafted a brilliantly screwy night at the theatre.”¬†Herald Sun

2015 Green Room Award nomination for Contemporary and Experimental Performance

Like a massive game of 20 questions, A Singular Phenomenon will celebrate one of Australia’s most loved and loathed cultural icons. Through a maze of acid trips, stadiums & ‘the birth of multiculturalism’, this show invites you to explore the inner world of a very particular song and the eccentric life of its creator.

Stretching across five decades of personal, political & pop history, A Singular Phenomenon swerves between intimate revelation and global megalomania. Part rave, part theatre restaurant, this work will lead you into a communal meditation on appropriation, the cult of personality and the evolution of cultural stereotypes.

Unraveling through a series of unexpected clues and interactions, you are invited to take part in one of the countless iterations of an Australian hit that refuses to go away.


Created by Lara Thoms with Aaron Orzech & Lz Dunn
Sound Design – Robert Jordan
Lighting Design – Katie Sfetkidis
Set and Costume Design – Lz Dunn & Lara Thoms
Original Project Development – Tristan Meecham
Production Manager – Bianca Eden
Stage Manager – Tia Clark
Assistant Stage Manager – Caitlyn Livingston
Production Assistant – Kate Brennan

Performed by Angus Ingram, Anna Orzech, Ben Booker, Catherine Ryan, Corey Pugh, Don King, Ellie Frith, Eugene Schlusser, Ingrid Homburg, Jamie Sormann & Jake Goldenfien, Joe Dolce, Kenzie Larsen, Kiki (Libera Luisetto),La Voce Della Luna choir, Lin Van Heck, Liz Dunn, Lucky Pereira, Mark Saul (Scotch College), Marty Shlansky, Matt Hickey, Molly Whelan, Pietro Barbagallo, Reuben Cumming and Shian Law.

This project was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the City of Melbourne through its 2015-17 Arts and Culture Triennial Program.

Malthouse Theatre, Merlyn Theatre
Melbourne, May

Images Bryony Jackson

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.