A pair of immortal beings and a Wollongong church have formed an unlikely alliance.
Street performers and art exhibitions will literally “pop up” around Wollongong as part of the first ever Anywhere Theatre Festival from August 17-27.
The production of Albert & Jameson: A Play With Vampires will be performed at the Church on the Mall, Wollongong on August 24-26 as part of the festival. There will also be a preview performance on August 23, whereby all ticket sales will go towards the church’s homelessness support program.
Illawarra product Adam O’Brien, writer and director of Albert & Jameson: A Play With Vampires, and artistic director of The Dire Theatre Company said, “when I heard that the church had volunteered its space as a venue I was over the moon”.
“The shock value alone was enough to get us excited; vampires in a church, what a riot,” he said.
Albert and Jameson: A Play with Vampires is an absurdist comedy that centres on Albert and Jameson, a pathetic pair of vampires exploring the meaninglessness of life.
The play was first performed at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre in 2016, and enjoyed a successful season at the Sydney Fringe Festival the same year.
“It’s really special to bring work home,” O’Brien said.
“The Illawarra is in the midst of a cultural revolution and to be a part of that, especially being a Warilla local, is something really important to me and my guys.”
Reverend Geoffrey Flynn from the Church on the Mall said although, “many people would think that vampires and the church would have very little to do with one another, both are wrestling with the question of what it means to live forever”.
“We feel that’s an interesting reflection to bring these two concepts together; a play that comes out of vampire culture together with a building that speaks of the Christian heritage.”
Bookings: 0467 091 146 or here. Tickets are also available at the door.