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"Melbourne’s Arena Theatre Company has a history of producing theatre for young people that neither patronises nor preaches to its audience."

- The Age


Arts Centre Melbourne presents Arena Theatre Company's presents


Are we in control or being controlled?

Four performers battle each other inside a series of giant sculptural machines, hoping to discover the proof of free will.

Using slam poetry and demanding physical agility, the performers make their arguments from within the body of the machines – simultaneously asking, "Are we in control or being controlled?" Trapper investigates the complex relationship humans have with the systems we embrace, inhabit and fight against.

Arena Theatre Company has a fifty-year history of creating innovative works for young people. With writing by playwright, Angus Cerini, and poet, Emilie Zoey Baker, and directed by Christian Leavelsey, Trapper is aimed at young adults (14+).



Created By Christian Leavesley and Jolyon James
Directior Christian Leavesley
Text Angus Cerini and Emilie Zoey Baker
Design Jolyon James
Sound Design and Composition Ania Reynolds
Lighting Design Additive
Set Construction Additive
Production Management Emily O’Brien
Stage Management Pippa Wright
Executive Producer Sheah Sutton
Performer Rachel Perks
Performer Hamish Irvine
Performer Daniel Schlusser
Performer Naomi Rukavina

Creative Victoria Arena Theatre Company


3 – 5 August

Thursday 3 August, 7pm
Friday 4 August, 7pm
Saturday 5 August, 3pm & 7pm

Duration: 65 min


Fairfax Studio


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