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At the End of the Land

Too Close to the Sun

Too Close to the Sun

World Premiere

“A company known for installation theatre works that combine intense performances with stunning aesthetics.” – The Huffington Post

Follow an unreliable teenage narrator and her Red Monkey sidekick into the afterlife as she muses over the disappearance of her fellow Victorian-era orphans and what it’s like to be dead. This David Lynchian-esque solo show from poet and performance maker Talya Rubin uses spirit photography, mediumship, and projections, as Rubin explores her own brushes with the beyond in a frenzied, non-linear narrative.

Part encounter, part gothic horror, At the End of the Land is a highly aesthetic, uncanny investigation into the things we cannot explain.

Ages: 15+ years
Duration: 75 minutes, no interval
Warnings: Please note this show contains strobe lighting and smoke machine haze.


Tuesday 28 November | 7pm – Preview
Wednesday 29 November | 7pm – Opening Night
Thursday 30 November | 7pm
Friday 1 December | 7pm
Saturday 2 December | 2pm & 7pm

About the Artists

Talya Rubin – Original Concept, Performer, Writer, Co-devisor
Nick James – Co-devisor, director
Samuel James – Video design
Rachael Dease – Composer
Daniel Herten & Hayley Forward – Sound design
Tim Collins – Voice alteration
Niklas Pajanti – Lighting design
Laura Heffernan & Talya Rubin – Set design
Nicole Marrington – Costume design
Tarryn Gill – Red Monkey Maker
Janet Carter – Set builder
Isabella Taylor – Stage Manager
Alison Halit – Producer


At the End of the Land is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House. It was developed with the assistance of Terrapin Puppet Theatre through the Australian Contemporary Puppetry Residency; and the Visual Arts Residency Program with Fremantle Arts Centre, which is part of the City of Fremantle and is supported by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries; and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre through its artist in residence program. An early video iteration of the project was part of LIVE DREAMS, presented by Performance Space. This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

WA Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCo) performs a local engagement role in the 2023 PICA season of At the End of the Land.

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Image: At the End of the Land, photo: Samuel James