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Fri 29 Mar 2013, 8:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Sandhurst Gaol (Old Sandhurst Prison) Bendigo, Opposite Bendigo Secondary College, Gaol Rd, Barfold

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • General Admission (concession): $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: laudanumpro

Could it be that The Laudanum Project have finally come home to roost? It would seem so.

This Easter as part of the Engine Room Presents... 2013 season, Alphonse Cheese-Probert and Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny of The Laudanum Project will be bringing their third and latest theatrical outrage, Ballad Of The Plague Doctor to life within the darkened halls of Bendigo’s Sandurst Gaol.
Over two nights psychodrama and gut wrenching imagery will fuse in the grim and drafty corridors of Sandhurst as elaborate poetry and nightmarish soundscapes recreate the final days of Dr. Marrok Corvus Rapere, Medieval London's first Community Plague Doctor.

Should all stories be told? Is it right that we endlessly ruffle the blackened feathers of history and dredge up the days of yore? Ask The Laudanum Project.

At last year's 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival Alphonse Cheese-Probert and Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny gave birth to their newest abomination, Ballad Of The Plague Doctor. Now baby is awake and ready to feed!

Set in London in 1348 during the onslaught of the Black Death, this one act play explores the life and times of Doctor Marrok Corvus Rapere, London's first Community Plague Doctor. As narrator Alphonse Cheese-Probert recounts the epic and harrowing events of Rapere's life, the coiling soundscape created by Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny forms an ever shifting musical mosaic that envelopes the entire story and conjures countless unhinged images.

Make no mistake. This is not for the faint of heart.

With Ballad Of The Plague Doctor The Laudanum Project have loaded up their meat cart with the usual array of pitch black humour, over the top melodrama and hideously detailed word play and dragged the whole steaming mess out into the tall weeds. Be warned.

“... the killings are so graphic they make Dexter look like child’s play.” - Amanda Sherring, Buzzcuts Reviews

“To the entirely appropriate music of Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny, Mr Cheese-Probert recounts Rapere’s abominations in visceral detail, leaving no obscenity undescribed in full... time flies when you’re having fun.” - Alex Paige, Stage Whispers