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By David Williams

This is a show about small things.

A retired medical laboratory scientist collects electron microscope slides of blood cells, bacteria and viruses. Many years ago he worked for weeks to determine the perfect ratio for developing enlargements of electron microscope photos. Lots of trial and lots of error. But a perfect ratio in the end.

A man writes a genetic watch list – things to monitor as he enters middle age:

  • Hemochromatosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Gout
  • Heart disease
  • A rare genetic rejection of the antimalarial drug Primaquin

A young boy is diagnosed with a rare genetic abnormality – a micro duplication and micro deletion of one part of one chromosome. This abnormality is of unknown origin and of "uncertain clinical significance".

Each of these are small things.


“The role of the infinitely small is infinitely large.”

Louis Pasteur


At Home Residency Showing

A sneak peek into the work was live-streamed on Saturday 15 August 2020.

A recording of this Showing is available to stream on demand via the Take Over! playlist on Youtube. Available for a strictly limited time, until Thursday 22 October.

Follow the Take Over! Facebook Group for updates, as the artists prepare for Melbourne Fringe.



Artist Bio

David Williams is a leading Australian theatre artist whose works open spaces for public conversation about political and social issues. He was the Curator of ATF2015, and his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Drovers’ Awards. David holds a PhD from UNSW, is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, and is the director of Alternative Facts Pty Ltd.


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Header image of Smurf In Wanderland. Photography: Brett Boardman.

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