Unique garden production marks bicentennial year

A UNIQUE sound and video installation will be making its way to Hobart this month as part of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens bicentenary celebrations.

Produced by Aphids, ‘Crawl Me Blood’ will take place in the botanic garden setting at night.

Taking its inspiration from Wide Sargasso Sea – a work of modern fiction written by Caribbean author Jean Rhys – the production is the result of a rigorous six-year process of research, writing and development.

Presented as a pre-recorded radio drama adapted from Rhys’ novel, the audience follow the story of a young Australian woman as she travels to the Caribbean for her grandmother’s funeral where she must reckon with the reality of her colonial inheritance.

Contained within the manicured boundaries of the botanic gardens, the audience are given a map, a small FM transistor radio and perhaps a nip of rum.

As a group, they move to a series of different locations in the gardens where, imbued by the atmosphere, smells and sounds of the gardens at night, each audio scene unfolds.

Crawl Me Blood will be running from 11 to 14 April at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Bookings are essential and tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.au.

Caption: Crawl Me Blood will be showing at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens from 11-14 April.