".... a rare and pleasurable work
that manages technical brilliance,

cultural insight and enchantment …",
The Sydney Morning Herald, reviewing Erth’s The Nargun and the Stars

About
Erth

Erth have continually created
live theatre at the forefront of
new performance practice.

Since its beginnings in 1990, the Company has strived to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences.
Giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. Erth is all these things and more.
Erth have built an Australia wide, and increasingly international reputation based on exceptional work. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.





Aims and objectives
- To create work that is indicative of an Australian culture.

- To create work of a professional standard suitable for local, national and international touring and events.

- To encourage and develop an exchange of skills with young people in the community.

- To continually challenge and diversify the skills within the company.
Erth Biography
Founded in 1990 in Ballarat Victoria, ERTH has been consistently creating art for the public domain since its inception and is today recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre both nationally and internationally.

ERTH combines a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance, often site specific productions using installation and/or performance based projects or those involving a menagerie of large-scale puppets, stilts, inflatables and aerial techniques to create productions including: Incubator, Gargoyles, Waterheads, Caution, Bushfire, The Garden, Gondwana, The Nargun and the Stars, and most recent shows to include Dinosaur Zoo™, I,Bunyip, Spirit Creatures and TaniWha Acts I,II and III.

ERTH tours the globe extensively including performances at most major Australian and International festivals such as; Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (2000), Hong Kong Fringe, Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Stockton, Riverside Festival (UK), Singapore Arts Festival and the Festival of Arts & Ideas in Connecticut USA. Most recent ERTH works have been seen at: Bangkok (2009), Shanghai World Expo (2010), Sydney Childrenʼs Festival (2009/2010/2011), City of Sydney Chinese New Year Parades (2009/2010/2011), Ten Days on the Island tour (2011), Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, Korea (2011) and Melbourneʼs renowned Moomba Festival (2009/2010/2011).

Increasingly, ERTH is bridging the gap between cultural and theatrical institutions by bringing physical theatre and puppetry to Museum environments. Successful roving and aerial performances have been individually written and delivered for The Australian Museum, Museum of Victoria (Melbourne), Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Auckland Museum (New Zealand), The Field Museum (Chicago), Natural History Museum (Los Angeles), Minnesota Science Museum with upcoming shows are scheduled for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

The Company is also in demand for corporate and commercial engagements. This can take the form of commissions, collaborations, consultations and direction of projects with and for other organisations. ERTH also undertake community workshops, cultural development projects and mentorships in many remote indigenous communities across Australia.

ERTHʼs design studio and workshop custom makes work for many clients. In the past, The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Sydney Olympic Games, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Centenary of Federation and Performing Lines have all had specialist creations produced from ERTHʼs busy studio and workshop.

Housed in Sydney’s newest contemporary arts centre, CarriageWorks, the company has a busy design and construction program incorporating the use of many non traditional set, prop, costume, inflatable and puppetry disciplines. In recent years ERTH has been embracing new technologies to introduce computer generated imagery and registered projection into its ever growing box of tricks.

Erth has received project funding from Arts NSW and the Australia Council.

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"visually one of the most
amazing shows I have seen,
with
such a beautiful message!”
- Facebook subscriber, reviewing Erth's 'I, Bunyip.'

Erth and
Museums

Erth have established a
unique association with cultural institutions
both in Australia and Internationally.

Erth's association with Museums has expanded considerably to incorporate programs that build over a number of years, exceeding expectations and breaking attendance records.

Erth enhances programs with stand-alone and innovative work that is informed by close consultation with staff and specialists, dynamic design and perspective changing performances.

"For its ambition
and vision alone
this was a Festival Highlight."
- Daily Telegraph, 26/1/13. Review on 'Murder' by Erth. 

ErthShows


Catering to a diverse range of audiences.

As of Jan 2013, Erth broke its own mould by producing it's first adults only show, Murder.
From the internationally popular family favourite, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™ to the reflective The Dream of the Thylacine
and into the dark and dangerous Murder , Erth appeals to a wide range of audiences.

Click on a title below to find out more. Contact us for further information.

MURDER
Inspired by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads, theatre magicians Erth meditate on the violence staining our world and delve into our culture’s obsession with murder.

Welcome to the scene of the crime. A sinister yet compelling figure holds sway: interrogator, confessor and master of ceremonies, conjuring into life the figures of Nick Cave’s dark world of love, lust and death.

Created by visual theatre magicians Erth, Murder is inspired by Nick Cave’s Murder Ballad ‘Stagger Lee’. This dark, intimate theatrical encounter will attack you when you least expect it.

Keep your eyes peeled. Murder can happen anywhere.

Murder

"How shall I kill thee? Let me count the ways…"

Video

Warning. This video contains explicit language, strong sexual themes and violence. Recommended for 18+ only.

ERTH'S DINOSAUR ZOO™
Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™, takes audiences into a new dimension of theatre.

Meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet! Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly (!) in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 years and up.

Get up close and personal with an amazing array of creatures from bygone eras, connecting young audiences to the real science of palaeontology.
Meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed free around the world and are now in daily residence at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™.
Learn how to feed and interact with Erth’s dinosaurs in a once in a lifetime interactive experience. Children can watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or dare to get right up close to these prehistoric creatures.

Indoor or Outdoor, from Intimate to Spectacular. Check out the galleries to the right or the videos below to see the different possibilities of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™.

Experience the thrill of this extraordinarily imaginative work.

To read an interview with our Artistic Director click here.

Tech specs available upon email request.
Dave Coleman - Production Manager: dave@erth.com.au


Current Tours

Indoor Venue

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™

Outdoor Venue

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™

Video - Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™ - Indoor Show

Video - Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™ - Outdoor Show


The Dream of the Thylacine
An ode to hope when reality may be elusive.....

Based on the beautiful, illustrated children’s storybook by Ron Brooks and Margaret Wild, Erth brings to life the lost memories of the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.

In its research for this production, Erth toured Tasmania looking for clues, accounts and opinions that suggest not all hope is lost. Their findings are represented in imaginative projected images and live footage, creating a memorable world-premiere event that will inspire both doubters and dreamers.


 

Dream of the Thylacine

Memories of the Tasmanian tiger brought to life.

Video

Behind the scenes footage of "Dream of the Thylacine" in development, ahead of its premiere at Tasmania's "Ten days on the Island" Festival 2013

I, Bunyip
‘The magic of our land revealed through the stories of our mysterious creatures’.

Erth launched their production “I, Bunyip” as part of the Sydney Children’s Festival 2011. A unique performance of puppets, visual effects and multi-media that takes audiences deep inside the mysterious heart of Australian imaginings with an inimitable cast of unique Australian characters brought to life on stage.

Children and adults are introduced to authentic stories, passed down in Indigenous communities for hundreds of years. Developed in consultation with five different Aboriginal communities around the country, I, Bunyip is a rare chance to meet very real characters from Australia’s oldest stories with one of the country’s most exciting performing arts companies.

Playfully named after the classic 1935 novel, I, Claudius by Robert Graves, the show seeks to record, explore and relate the stories of Indigenous groups that have never before been shared.

“Many people have shared European fables and fairytales to their kids. Of the Indigenous creatures that are of a similar ilk, there is a great misconception that these are mythological creatures, therefore they are perceived in the same way as werewolves, fairies or trolls, as creatures that may have existed a long time ago but don’t exist anymore.

The truth is, these characters are very genuine and present in our history and it is important for today’s children – and indeed Australians of all ages — to discover these incredible, authentic stories. Even today, the creatures that feature in I, Bunyip are feared and revered in Aboriginal communities.

These stories are part of people’s lives, the fabric of their communities and identity. We are privileged to have learnt and been given permission to share these special stories."

Scott Wright, Artistic Director

Video

Footage from an early showing of "I, Bunyip" at the Australian National Maritime Museum 2010

I, Bunyip

Indigenous spirit creatures....



Moving
spectacle for your
nextevent

Erth are specialists in Roving performance....

With many years' of experience in a multitude of private, corporate and public environments, Erth have established a reputation for stunning spectacle and very happy clients!

Our creatures inhabit and intervene in an array of public and private spaces. Your imagination is the only limitation.

Current Roving Acts

Moving spectacle...

“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™ delivers
solid science as well as an
extraordinary spectacle.”
Laurel Greaber - New York Times

Erth
Studio

Bringing the impossible
to life...

Dinosaurs!

A sneak peak of the processes of how Erth's famous Dinosaurs are made.

Art in progress!

Projects in development stages

Final Stages.

Test driving and finishing touches.

Around the Studio

Life in the Erth Studio.

Conceptual

It all starts with an idea..

Development and Rehearsal

Where all the magic comes together..

The Journey

Before and After

ERTH PUPPET WORKSHOPS

Engaging with community
at a grass roots level

Offering hands-on classes in puppet building
by Erth performers/makers.

Classes are based around an existing lesson plan or can be customised to suit local conditions. We also offer specific workshops designed to enhance the experience of seeing a particular production. A wide range of age groups and skill levels can be accommodated.

Workshop examples:
- Make a small foam puppet with pre-prepared components. Using materials and methods supplied by Erth, simple tasks result in a quick outcome. Everyone walks away with a puppet they build themselves.

- Offer audiences a workshop where they can create their own puppet based on the star of the show.

- Make a puppet using materials found in your region. Whether weaving organic elements like grass or twigs, to assembly of recycled objects, resourcefulness and imagination are key.

On completion, the maker/performers are able to show you how to operate what you have made. Armed with new skills and new puppets, create your own performance.
Contact Erth to discuss which options work best for you and your group.

Puppet Workshops

Hands-on classes by Erth performers/makers.

"Awesome!
beautiful creatures!
genius puppeteering!”
- Facebook subscriber.

Contact
Erth

Carriageworks 245 Wilson St
Eveleigh NSW 2015
Google Map

Phone: (02) 8571 9133

Email: info@erth.com.au

Mon-Fri: 10:00am → 6:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sunday: Closed

"Thoughtful, compelling,
entertaining and nasty
in just about equal measures.”
- David Sefton, Adelaide Festival Director, reviewing 'Murder' by Erth.