Dash back to the beginning as we retell and unpick myths, epic texts and really good stories from around the globe. Many of these stories have lost relevance, interest, or have faded away over time – our goal is to drag them into the modern world, peel them to pieces and make them present again. Our world may be different, and maybe now we all think we're too modern, bitter or cynical for these stories. But anyone could be a hero if you tell it right. Even two poets.

Your hosts Finn O'Branagáin and Scott Sandwich are part time performance poets, full time story enthusiasts, double time friends. 'The Epic' blends the lyricism and chutzpah of storytelling with the informed lines of inquiry and global scope of pop anthropology. Go back to the beginning as your hosts unpick myths and epic texts from around the globe, from the cradle of civilisation, the one about a wooden horse, with heroes ranging from Gilgamesh to Vin Diesel. It's all about stories that we think we know, stories we tell about ourselves, and how we shape and are shaped by myth. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s informative, and epic. We're not making that up.


Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
3
Considerations

Projector (and projection screen) preferred, but not required Stereo speakers and mixer Generic Lighting Rig, with basic specials (spotlight, red, blue, green, etc) Highly adaptable to a variety of spaces

Ten Tonne Sparrow is a performance company created by independent multi-disciplinary artists Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich), Joe Lui, and Finn O’Branagáin. We work across Australia (Finn & Joe in Perth, Tom in Sydney) creating work that uses storytelling, pop-sociology, pop-science, history, and the sheer force of charm and exuberance to talk about the stories we tell about ourselves.

Scott Sandwich is an award winning performance poet with work featured nationally, as well as across Finland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, and Benin. Scott Sandwich is a stage name for prolific composer and theatremaker Tom Hogan, who has worked on over 70 productions nationally.

Finn O’Branagáin is a playwright, storyteller, director and dramaturg, presenting work at The World Theatre Festival, National Science Week, ATYP, Metro Arts, JUTE theatre, Mudlark Theatre, Corrugated Iron, the National Young Writers’ Festival, 2High, the Sydney Opera House, the State Library of QLD, Bondi Feast and The Blue Room Theatre.

Joe Lui is a deviser, designer, and director, and the creative leader of Renegade Productions, with credits spanning Black Swan State Theatre Company, PICA, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, pvi collective, The Blue Room and more.


Company Website
tentonnesparrow.com.au

Unique Selling Point

The Epic is a surprising, fun, and energetic performance with an unusual format - good stories told well, exploring contemporary ideas through ancient tales. We address our audiences directly, we laugh with them, we teach them, we discover along with them. The show is accessible, funny, and thought provoking to many demographics, yet is charged and backed by academic ideas. It is unashamedly geeky, and full of joy.

Marketing Materials

  • Production stills
  • Hero image
  • Filmed documentation of the performance
  • Higher quality film presentations of pieces within the work for online marketing
  • Substantial amounts of positive reviews and pull quotes
  • Engaged audience on Facebook and mailing list
  • Soundtrack available and for sale online
  • The artists are available for community performances and workshops

Community Engagement

This show is a fun way to engage in culture, and to question your own involvement with your culture. We bring a virtuosic performance style and a unique sense of humour, retelling some of the greatest stories from the history of humanity, from all around the world. Throughout the show we talk about cultural appropriation, who has the right to tell certain stories, and the impact of cultural myths and narratives on society. The whole show leads up to a discussion about the stories that mainstream Australia tells about ourselves.

The artists are available for Q&As, and workshops on storytelling, performance poetry, adaptation, and recording your own personal mythology, and mythology of the local area.