Crawl Me Blood at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Fri 31st August, 2018
9:30pm – 11:00pm
Price: $30
An immersive audio-visual experience bringing the Caribbean to the Melbourne Writers Festival.

As part of this year's Writers Festival, Melbourne-based artist collective Aphids will present an interactive sound and visual installation about race and gender.

Audience members will be given a map and a small FM radio to use in groups to follow the story of a young Australian woman in the Caribbean for her grandmother’s funeral.

The immersive event will take place in different areas of the Royal Botanic Gardens and is inspired by Jean Rhys’s 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea. The performance is named after a Caribbean phrase that means "the secrets that you sense but are not told", and is the culmination of six years of research, development and writing.

"Every Botanical Garden in Australia is rare jewel at the centre of the city," says one of the show's creators, Willoh S Weil. "And each is a uniquely colonial space that illuminates our shared history of both violence and beauty.”

Performances on August 29, 30 and September 1 start at 7pm and guests should arrive at 6.45pm. The performance on August 31 starts at 9.30pm and guests should arrive at 9.15pm.