Transform festival UK
OH DEER LEEDS
“★★★★ Equally funny and devastating.” The Guardian UK
A collection of performers who have all lost a parent gather on stage, dressed as orphans from popular culture. There’s Annie, Elsa, Frodo – a whole host of plucky parentless kids who have dusted themselves off and done extraordinary things. Followed by a camera, the performers are directed to act out scenes, slipping back and forth between the fictional characters they are inhabiting and their own experiences of loss.
APHIDS reimagined OH DEER! by bringing together local performers in Leeds with original cast. Building in new stories and gestures, this iteration was our international premiere.
Created By | APHIDS
Director, Lead Artist| Lara Thoms
Performers/ Co-creators | Alison Andrews, Amrita Hepi, Bron Batten, Jason Hood, Bakani Pick-Up, Josh Glanc, Lara Thoms, Louise Mothersole, Michael Hassell, Morven Macbeth, and Roslyn Orlando
Choreographer | Amrita Hepi
Costume Designer| Verity Mackay
Costume Assistant | Sally Stone
Lighting Designer | Katie Sfetkidis
Video Design | Soloman Thomas
Video Operato | Morven Macbeth
Sound Design and Composition| Rob Curulli and Tom Smith
Production Manager | Cecily Rabey
Assistant Stage Managers Stefan Grudza and Sylva Storm
Tour Producer| Freya Waterson
Original Dramaturg| Mish Grigor
Original Producer | Anna Nalpantidis
Original Performers/ Co-creators | Alana Fishman, Elena Gomez, Hallie Shellam, Joshua Tavares, Panda Wong, Robert Draffin, and Yoni Prior.
OH DEER! was commissioned through RISING’s 2020 A Call to Artists initiative, a program supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne and co-commissioned by Transform.