Do not bleach!
Do not tumble dry!
Do not shrink!’

A post-Beckettian tour-de-force set in a laundromat. Who remembers the thirteenth godmother from Sleeping Beauty: the uninvited guest by whose curse the princess fell asleep for a hundred years? Now she washes, waiting for her chance to ‘make another better wish’. Care Instructions wrings every drop of polyphony from the scripted language; Marguerite Duras meets Gertrude Stein on a perfect drying day.

‘…an enchanting evening of theatre. I use the term advisedly. Some kind of magic is going on in this incantatory language: a summoning of the sensual pleasures of clean sheets and crisp linens, the smell of washing in sunlight; a joyous celebration of the labour that invisibly cleanses the human world.’ Alison Croggon, theatrenotes, Read the full review here.

‘APHIDS are another facet in the theatrical gemstone…’ Herald Sun


Director – Margaret Cameron
Writer – Cynthia Troup
Music – David Young
Lighting – Danny Pettingill
Cast – Jane Bayly, Liz Jones, Caroline Lee
Operator/Stage Manager – Amanda Prado

La Mama Theatre
Carlton Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street
19 – 29 November

Images Hana Davies and 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.