What happened at number 33? Upon arrival, we are given a strung label and asked to write a message to a significant woman in our lives. After taking off our shoes, we’re then invited to follow a mysterious woman dressed in white (Brigitte Jarvis) through the front door. She doesn’t say a word whilst we settle in an entirely white room, a double bed in the middle. Plush carpets and drapes hang from the ceiling, making it look cosy. We are abuzz with anticipation. The initial impact is remarkable.
Short clips are projected simultaneously on the four walls, as we witness some of the events involving the women of the house over the past one hundred years. Compelled to unravel the mystery that connects them we are encouraged to join an impromptu treasure hunt, exploring every nook and cranny of the space and sharing clues with our fellow onlookers.
More truths are uncovered, and a twisted bloodline is eventually revealed, stunning us with a sudden sense of horror. What has emerged clashes with the immaculate appearance of the room and the angelic vision of the woman who’s been guiding us through the journey. As we head towards the exit, very little has been said, but everything is finally clear.
Part art installation, part immersive performance, No.33 is a masterpiece like no other. Visually striking and supported by an unconventional narrative format. The staggering attention to detail makes the experience unforgettable, bringing together several artforms. Cinematography, dance, spoken word, visual arts, music and theatre are crafted together by the Melbourne-based company RAWcollective – headed by Ru Atma and Brigitte Jarvis. Recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, the duo boasts a combined background in the arts spanning over 55 years. The same Jarvis plays all the female characters in the plot and is an absolute pleasure to watch.
Devised by: Ru Atma and Brigitte Jarvis
Booking Information: This show has completed its current run.