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