A powerful theatrical work based on real stories of post-war refugees who have arrived to build new lives in Australia.

'KaBooM: Stories from Distant Frontlines' is based on real stories of soldiers who have fought on the frontline; Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. The tale of Fabrice—a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machete wielding hordes; the tale of Majid, who deserted after fighting for 10 years in Saddam Hussein’s army; the tale of Ivor, who, as a 16-year-old escaped the Holocaust to fight for his family in the Pacific Islands, along with a guardian monkey.

To create this work Deborah Leiser-Moore worked alongside leading theatre makers from Australia, Bulgaria, Spain and Poland. 'KaBooM': is a moving, versatile, site-specific, theatrical piece that is timeless, immediate and universally relatable.

'KaBooM' offers two options to presenters and local communities: it can be performed it as it exists, or it can be adapted to incorporate a local story. In the case of the latter, the process would take the form of a two-week artists in residence program, where the creative team will work together with the local community to create a performative response to be woven into the existing work.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
B, C
Touring Party

Contains adult content and some nudity (we are, however, able to remove the nudity if required)

On Brief – On Budget – On Time

Wilde Applause 
produces professional, innovative, engaging
 and visually impactful 
live performing arts experiences. We supply and create shows, acts, installations, consultancy, event coordination, programming services, professional and emerging professional development programs, workshops 
and training nationally
 and internationally. We
 are specialists in the delivery of highly physical, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary productions.

Wilde Applause prides itself in providing work for Australian artists, producing cross-cultural and collaborative works and developing new audiences and demand for their skills nationally and internationally.

Since its establishment in 2008, by Allie, Wilde Applause has produced a vast body of performance work and programs nationally and internationally. The company produces shows and performance programs to brief and promotes existing works, coordinates tours, programs events and festivals, runs tailored workshop series (schools, universities, corporations, retirement villages) and offers consulting services.

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Unique Selling Point

  • The creators of 'KaBooM' hail from all over the world. Each has a long and diverse theatrical background.
  • Local residents/ artists'/ elders' works and stories can be discovered, nurtured and incorporated into the piece
  • To date, the response to the work has been overwhelmingly positive
  • 'KaBooM' positions the audience, as witness, into the midst of the performance arena. They are placed in a metaphorical field of war, populated with visual imagery and the debris of battle. Spectators are moved through discrete performance areas. There is no fourth wall - the sense of involvement and engagement is immediate and direct.

Marketing Materials

We have marketing copy, promo footage, multiple reviews as well as full length versions of the show (2 versions, one with local artists' collaboration and one without).

Community Engagement

  • The community has the option be engaged prior to presentation through the 2 week 'KaBooM' artist in residence program noted above. Thus the work can be adapted to capture and feature local stories and present them on stage alongside interstate artists, creating cultural legacy and conversation with and within the community long after the tour ends.

  • Post-Show Q&A Sessions and Artist Talks available.

  • We offer a range of performance workshops including Dr Deborah Leiser-Moore's workshop 'The Present Performer' and Circus/ Physical Theatre workshops and performance making with Allie Wilde with the local community (participation in these workshops prior to the presentation of 'KaBooM' can assist participants, local audiences and community groups to delve deeper into the work in a facilitated manner.

  • Although 'KaBooM' is a work that targets an adult audience, we can run more generalised workshops with younger community groups on request