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The Timely Death of Victor Blott


The Timely Death of Victor Blott is the story of a young boy who was born without a heartbeat. Victor and his parents live in a mythical town which is driven by steam, a place somewhat reminiscent of the Victorian era. When he is born the whet nurse discovers the boy's difference and the family await the death of the new child. However against all odds, and perhaps because of the loving words of his mother, the boy decides not to die and to live on without a pulse.

At the age of ten a doctor comes to visit the family convinced that the Victor's oddity holds the secret to a medical breakthrough. He tempts the poor couple with money and gains access to the boy to perform experiments on him. Against his mother's wishes but with the support of his father's growing ambition the experiments become more and more invasive to the point that they intrude on Victor's magical world.

In the midst of this madness, guided by his imaginary friend and inspired by the fireflies that share his laundry lair, little Victor must find a way to escape.

The Timely Death of Victor Blott was written by Maxine Mellor and based on an original story by David Morton. It is a gothic morality tale about the fragility of childhood and the power of the unknown in the face of the imagination.


"Touted as ‘Tim Burton meets Pinocchio’, but really this gothic fairytale for grownups transcends that label." (Rave Magazine)

"A magical and disturbing production." (Aussie Theatre)

"A simple story with the most magical of messages. See it for all the little details, not least of which is the amazing tiny puppet that lies at its heart." (Australian Stage)


Original performers and contributors include:

Maxine Mellor (writer), David Morton (director, puppet maker and designer), Nicholas Paine (producer), Natasha Pizzica (producer), Whitney Eglington (lighting design and technical direction), Tone Black Productions (sound design),  Noni Harrison (costume design), Heath Reid and Jade Darlington (set design), Elizabeth Millington (performer, designer), Chris Vernon (performer), Kieran Law (performer), Anna Straker (puppeteer), Courtney Stewart (puppeteer), Bianca McIntyre (puppeteer), Samuel Maher (performer), Yvette Turnbull (stage manager), Nikki Kalkman (assistant stage manager), Simon Wood (tertiary secondment).


Past productions:

5 - 22 May 2010 | The Independents | Metro Arts.

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