Sydney Festival, Music Theatre Sydney, God Be in My Mouth


Set in a timeless era of guns, meat and violence, The Glass Garden told the story of a strange couple who escape this world to the wilderness. There they tend a garden made of glass which allows them to see through to the other side of the world. Escape too did the audience; through language portholes, musical incisions and choreography. Of course, the only places they can escape to are the wonderful mazes beneath their own skins. Combining experimental and ambient narrative, it inhabits the mind of an unlikely criminal en-route to death row; and serves as a cautionary tale on how not to fall in love between a crime and its punishment.

This site-specific performance was developed in a heritage grain storage building in Melbourne’s inner north. It has been presented in a disused abattoir in Melbourne’s outer suburbs and an off limits bomb building bunker for Sydney festival in 2004.


Performers — James Brennan, Mia Hollingworth, Patrick Brammall, Brooke Stamp
Music — UBIN (Ollie Chang & Jo Lamonte)
Designer — Marg Horwell
Dramaturg — Agatha Gothe-Snape
Lighting — Marko Respondeck
Producer — David Young
Sound Operator/Engineer — Ben Bourke

Sydney Festival
In a secret location

Images Marg Horwell

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