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3 Men in a Tub
Insite Arts

  • Venue: Elder Park, via Lyrics
  • When: Sun 26 Feb 05:30 PM - 05:55 PM
  • Genre: Large Scale / Site Specific and/or Outdoor
  • Main Audience: All Ages
  • Producer: Insite Arts
  • No. in touring party: 5

Three Men in a Tub

Three Men in a Tub is a processional and static street theatre spectacle built around a ‘homemade’ mobile vehicle (the tub) that serves as a home for three tradesmen – a Butcher, a Baker and a Candlestick Maker.

Exiled from their countries due to war, drought and political turmoil, they have travelled across the world, popping up in India, Korea, Portugal, Chile and Australia as they search for a place to call home. But, without a community to share their trades with, they are gradually losing their skills. And, as other daily rituals have taken over their lives, their ancient trades are becoming almost redundant.

Three Men in a Tub is a sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic physical theatre work incorporating amplified sound and music. Examining notions of identity, nationalism, religion, authority, belonging and a sense of ‘home’, these three characters’ interdependent relationships explore the daily struggles of friendship and love, hate and fear, cruelty and compassion.

Original concept by Stephen Noonan and directed by Jason Cross.

Three Men in a Tub / Insite Arts

Three Men in a Tub is a company of freelance artists who have created some of Australia’s most significant outdoor performance work with 5 Angry Men, Strange Fruit, Primary Source and KneeHigh Puppeteers. The artists have also worked across a range of state and independent theatre companies including Anthill Theatre, Dance North, Chunky Move, The State Theatre of Porto (Portugal), No Strings Attached Theatre, Leigh Warren & Dancers and Restless Dance Company.

Producer – Insite Arts

Insite Arts brings twenty years of experience in the performing arts industry from creation of contemporary performance work, general management and direction of arts festivals, presentation of large scale installations and touring. Jason Cross, Lee Cumberlidge, Victoria Raywood and Elena Vereker are the Directors of Insite Arts and Freya Waterson is the Associate Producer.

Insite Arts works with artists, producers and venue partners to facilitate creative development, presentation and touring, including producing the work of Architects of Air (UK), Compagnia TPO (Italy), Fleur Elise Noble, DJ Trip, rawcus and Three Men in a Tub. Insite is the Festival Producer for MONA FOMA 2012 and, in January 2011, produced the celebrations around the opening of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart.

Photo: Sam Oster, Silvertrace


Jason Cross
Director, Insite Arts
GPO Box 3249
Melbourne VIC 3001