The Frock

The Earth Beneath Our Feet key image


Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Set Design Gerard Manion
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Damien Cooper
Sound Design Christopher Gordon, Christo Curtis
Robot Body Design Gerard Manion
Robotics Paul Fenech
Performers Mature Artists Dance Experience
Stage Manager Kelly Drummond Cawthon
Tour Manager Annette Downs
Lighting and Sound Operation 
Nick Glen
Robot Wrangler Jerome Manion


The girl gazing at the frock said: “Queen of my wardrobe at last you are mine”. The frock replied: “Yes, you bought me, but the instant you wore me, I owned you.”
– Graeme Murphy AO

In a unique meeting of the traditional and the technological, two of Australia’s foremost dance creatives, Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM collaborate with Tasmania’s Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) to bring to the stage a dance theatre work like no other.

Spoken word, song, soundscape, installation, costume and machine are used create an innovative theatrical experience that embroiders together a tale inspired by photographs from ensemble members in their “best dress”.

The Frock is a patchwork of personal recollection and aspiration that expands on ideas of how Australians lived, have loved, why they dance and what makes their hearts sing.


MADE, in co-presentation with Ten Days on the Island Festival, premiered THE FROCK 17-26 March 2017 in Tasmania

MADE performed alongside Sadler’s Wells Company of Elders and Saitama Gold Theatre as part of the WORLD GOLD THEATRE 2018 in Saitama Japan with the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation, Australia Now and the Regional Arts Fund.


THE FROCK POEM PROMOTION from Mature Artists Dance Experience on Vimeo.

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