Damien and Martin, two small-time entrepreneurs, import a device that claims to be a vaccine for fear. they employ ex-motivational speaker Warren to help them ‘shift the units’. The device affects the three men in ways they neither foresee nor understand. Can they use it to harness the power of their fears, or will it ultimately destroy them?
Urchin explores the complicated and controversial politics of fear: fear and consumerism, fear and desire, fear and survival. Delving into our social preoccupation with the latest threat-of-the-moment, in a world where media dictates what we should be scared of and what is benign, Urchin exposes our raw, primal need to be scared.
Is fear really the glue that binds society? without fear, would civilization collapse?
Urchin is a hybrid theatrical work by Encyclopaedia of Animals, a new theatre collective that includes some of the most talented practitioners in writing, filmmaking, choreography, music, design and performance currently working in Melbourne.