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The Frock – Hobart

An extraordinary dance collaboration with Graeme Murphy


MADE, in collaboration with Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, brings to the stage an impeccably produced dance theatre work that draws together spoken word, song, recorded soundscape, installation, costume and animation.

The creative team drew inspiration from photographs provided by each ensemble member. These photographs, taken in earlier years wearing their “best dress”, are applied to embroider together The Frock, a patchwork of personal recollection and aspiration.

“The Frock is neither a dress nor a gown, it is an entity and like other invaders from the ‘mainland’ this frock held unknown consequences – even months in the ‘quarantine of layby’ could not reduce its feral potency.” – Graeme Murphy, AO

The Frock expands on ideas of how Australians lived, have loved, why they dance and what makes their hearts sing.


Choreography: Graeme Murphy AO
Creative Associate: Janet Vernon AM
Set Design: Gerard Manion
Costume Design: Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design: Damien Cooper


Presented by MADE (Mature Artist Dance Experience) in association with Ten Days on the Island

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The Frock – Hobart

Peacock Theatre
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

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