In Repertoire

Transform festival UK


★★★★ 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; and assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Photos JMS photography

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.