KaBooM is based on the experiences of soldiers who have fought on the frontline. The performance tells the tales of Fabrice, a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machete wielding hordes; Majid, who deserted after fighting for 10 years in Saddam Hussein’s army; Ivor, who, as a 16 year old escaped the Holocaust to fight in the Pacific Islands along with a guardian monkey.
The stories, a series of interlocking performance vignettes, are told via the body of one female performer, adding an original women’s perspective to the tales of “Men at War”. She assumes complimentary and companion roles in the story telling: the grieving war widow eating alone; the absent lover; the daughter brought up with the ghosts of war constantly hovering in the background.
Using an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons - projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track – KaBooM is both deeply personal and universal.
Cast & Crew
Artist/director: Deborah Leiser-Moore
Tour manager: Allie Wilde
Technical manager: Ben Beare
Sound design: Big Toxic
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Photo credit: Lachlan Woods & Matto Lucas