A singing spy, a hawker’s lie…

 How do you reconcile a family history littered with secrets?

 Deceptive Threads tells the extraordinary true stories of performer David Joseph’s grandfathers – one, a Tivoli singer turned ASIO spymaster who vetted ‘unwanted’ arrivals, the other a nineteenth century Lebanese immigrant who lied about his birthplace to gain Australian naturalisation. Deftly untangling the threads linking his family’s connection to Australia’s racist past and its present dilemma over asylum seekers, this multi-award winning solo show seamlessly combines stunning projections, masterful stagecraft, a rich soundscape and rhythmically charged storytelling.

This is an assured theatrical triumph for Bowerbird Theatre and not to be missed.


…an engaging story enacted and staged with flair and imagination

-ARNOLD ZABLE – acclaimed author and human rights advocate.


These are the stories that we need to hear as Australians and David is just the right person to articulate them.


Performed and Devised by David Joseph

Directed and Devised by Karen Berger

Projection Design by Zoe Scoglio, David Joseph and Karen Berger

Projection Production by Zoe Scoglio

Sound Design by David Joseph and Karen Berger

Set Design by David Joseph

Lighting Design by Bronwyn Pringle, adapted for La Mama by Gina Gascoigne

Costume design by Emily Barrie

Image by Ponch Hawkes 




April 25 – May 13



Wed  6.30pm| Thurs, Fri, Sat 7.30pm| Sun 4pm | MATINEES: Wed @ 1pm & Thu & Fri @ 11am

Approx. 55 min


La Mama Theatre 205 Faraday St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

Full $30 Concession  $20

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142