Fragments of the past told through the voices of the living.

Spirits of the Night are dramatized evening walks through the historical section of your local Cemetery, bringing the night to life with haunting sounds and sights of those who reside beneath the crumbling headstones of present day. Be guided by a ghostly resident of the cemetery who will introduce you to the pioneers, the locals, traditional land owners, their stories, tragedies, mysteries, loves, losses and triumphs.

Through the voices of the living, fragments of the past are told, speaking of personal lives and telling titillating stories which touch the spirit of the early 1900s – when our country was being forged by tough people in harsh times, living and dying by their dreams, loves and aspirations.

Venue Format
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
2 in the party (director/ singer / actor / producer).

Please have the Council gardeners attend to the cemetery prior to engagements (mow, remove rubbish, audit for general safety). Please have Council provide security if required, or provide adequate CC TV camera coverage of the space. Please arrange a venue for initial consultations and rehearsals - lockable, running water, adequate light, enough seating, tea and coffee facilities. Will require a marquee on site for dressing (if a lockable venue is not close and appropriate), with adequate light, ventilation, seating, mirrors, running water, tea and coffee facilities). If ticketed please provide staff to manage Front of House. Please note, community participants will need to provide make up and basic costume (pants / shirt or one colour dress). The company will provide overlaying and identifying costume pieces.

Box Jelly Theatre Co. is a regionally based theatre company (Cairns), run by local NIDA acting graduates and teachers, Rachel and David Terry. They have worked professionally in Sydney for the last 20 years, appearing in television shows such as Blood Brothers, At Home With Julia, The Jesters, All Saints, White Collar Blue, Water Rats, Heartbreak High and Roar. They have produced, written, directed and acted in theatrical productions locally and nationally including The Anzac Project, Dealers Choice (National Tour) Dinner with Friends, Edmund, A Foetal Moment, After Dinner (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Cairns Performing Arts Centre), New to the School (Cairns Regional Council, Cairns Children's Festival), and have developed and delivered yearly Christmas Pantomines for Cairns Regional Council's outdoor event space, Munro Martin Parklands

Our intention is to connect our COMMUNITY through the magic of theatre. ​​ We approach this in several ways: -bringing quality theatrical productions to primary and high schools throughout FNQ -providing engaging and entertaining experiences for the Cairns public through our mainstage productions -mentoring, training and employing young local artists

Box Jelly Theatre Co. creates theatre for local audiences of all ages.

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Unique Selling Point

Spirits of the Night is a community lead, dramatised tour of the local historical cemetery in the centre of your town. Box Jelly Theatre Company will consult with your local community members, performing arts organisations and historical society to build a site specific tour taking in up to 12 diverse historical stories. The company guides community participants in dramaturgy, writing, acting, costuming, choreography and singing to bring to life these untold vignettes. An acoustic, non technical presentation, the process is inclusive, non-threatening, fun and capacity building, allowing everyone an opportunity to work in professional capacity, towards a professional outcome.

Marketing Materials

30 sec and 2 min visual resources for facebook / socials / youtube / TV (coming late JULY) high resolution publicity images (coming late JULY) synposis printed outline of tools required to create a monologue to performance ready status professional photography of participants (the company engages and pays a local photographer) tour ready costume items to support local costumes *props (if any required)

Community Engagement

The entire project is completely embedded in community engagement. Box Jelly Theatre will engage with the community for one week, some months prior to the performance season, to consult, audition, cast and write the outline of 8 – 12 'ghostly' monologues WITH the community participants. The community will guide the historical research, the choice of stories told and will ultimately be responsible for the telling of the stories. The Company is a professional resource upon which the community depends for pulling together the performance/s and providing a professional outcome. This process leaves authentic capacity in the region as the community have told their own story and is empowered to carry on the process for future opportunities and presentations. After the initial weeks’ engagement, monthly (or as needs) skype, phone, zoom or face to face meetings (dependent upon location) between the Company and the workshop participants will be held leading up to the public performance season to continue to refine the monologue and individual performance. The Company will return for one week prior to the beginning of the public performance for final rehearsals, 2 x dress rehearsals, and the public performances.