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.
During the Ten Days on the Island festival, a group of our college students at React Drama School had the great privilege of attending a workshop conducted by Scott Wright, Artistic Director of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. The workshop gave our students the opportunity of working with a renown professional theatre practitioner, as well as having their first attempt at puppeteering.
Scott had brought along a number of puppets from the two Erth productions that were part of the 10 Days festival,The Dream of the Thylacine, and Murder. Essentially he spoke with the group about his work with Erth Visual, his career as a puppeteer and the process of bringing life, or breath, to a puppet.
Predominantly he gave most of the workshop time to the students and allowed them to find their way with handling each puppet, guiding them along the way.
The impact on the students was immediate. All were fascinated with the level of craftsmanship with each puppet, but moreover they relished the techniques taught by Scott and the experience of creating a lifelike performance with each puppet.
For myself and Darren, we greatly enjoyed watching our students take the opportunity to learn a form of theatre that was very new and strange to them. Thanks to Scott and his crew, the experience was handled in a very supportive and comfortable manner.
From the workshop, a number of React students have been chosen to continue working with puppets at weekend workshops/performances that are being held on a weekly basis at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Here they will continue an ongoing relationship with Erth, as well as develop new skills as trainee puppeteers.
The whole experience was greatly rewarding for React as a whole and we hope to be able to provide a platform for many more workshops such as this one.
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.
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.
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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.
Warning. This video contains explicit language, strong sexual themes and violence. Recommended for 18+ only.
Experience an amazing selection of dinosaurs and creatures that inhabited the landscape millions of years ago.
Children will have the opportunity to help feed, water and care for these prehistoric marvels with simple lessons in animal husbandry.
The show has been developed as both an indoor and outdoor show.
To read an interview with our Artistic Director click here.
Dinosaur Zoo at Darling Harbour, Sydney 2011
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.
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
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
Experience dinosaurs up close in this interactive theatre performance of gigantic proportions. With more dinosaurs on stage than ever before, don’t miss this monster production as recently seen at The New Victory Theater, NYC.
Erth’s large-scale dinosaur puppets stimulate the imagination about dinosaur life in a way that connects young audiences to the real science of palaeontology. Let Erth take you on a prehistoric journey from our explosive big bang beginnings in a show that promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Witness the ultimate battle of the beasts as the USA’s T-Rex goes head to head live on stage with Australia's recently discovered Apex predator Australovenator. Get ready for a Northern hemisphere vs Southern hemisphere clash of prehistoric proportions.
With opportunities to touch and feed the dinosaurs too, this is a truly spectacular event.
Recommended for ages 5+
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.
Illustrators, sculptors, painters, engineers, textile artists, sound designers plus many more all contribute their specialist skills to a multitude of projects. Aesthetically bold yet practical design sensitivity is the goal of all work undertaken by the Studio.
Housed in Sydney’s newest contemporary arts complex, Carriageworks, the Studio generates work not only for Erth repertoire but also for other resident performance companies, as well as commissions for external organisations.
ERTH are often engaged to collaborate, consult, and design projects. This can range from services for individuals and community groups to larger corporate or cultural institutions.
The Studio takes great pride in designing and making all it’s own work, and can create or adapt its material to suit any purpose. Where It is not physically possible to create all the required work in-house, the Studio serves as a creative hub for facilitation of objects made off-site by key artists.
An early major commission was the design, manufacture and performance of realistic and dynamic dinosaur body puppets for Museum Victoria in 2002. This began a whole new client, product and programming stream for the company, which continues today.