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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
- 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.