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Emerging creatives introduce Minotaur to Brisbane's underground

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The Naughty Corner are taking audiences deep into the maze of the Minotaur in a production which blends cutting-edge visual storytelling with ancient myth.

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The Naughty Corner are an emerging theatre collective of Griffith University alumni who established their company at the end of 2017 who developed MAZE through the DPS Academy program.

MAZE was developed through the DPS Academy, a program run by Brisbane’s premier visual theatre company and master puppeteers Dead Puppet Society.

The program allows Brisbane artists to pitch ideas for creative development under the guidance of Dead Puppet Society over the course of 10 weeks, with a run at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Jess Bunz, Director of MAZE and co-founder of The Naughty Corner, said their production was chosen after a 20-minute showing and developed over the course of a couple of months.

“We were able to refine all the design aspects and the story through that programme fully supported by Dead Puppet Society and Brisbane Powerhouse,” she said.

As a result Brisbane Powerhouse’s Underground Theatre will become a glowing labyrinth filled with design elements including custom-made LED light poles, light-wire puppets and UV design.

“MAZE is what happens when you marry an untold ancient classic with visual spectacle,” said Bunz.

“The awesome thing about the show is that we’re working with an old, ancient story but telling it in a way that is only now possible with new technologies.

“It’s a show which revels in design, seeking out the origin story of the Minotaur, and the transformation into the monster.”

MAZE’s first production run at Brisbane Powerhouse (Image: Supplied)

The Minotaur in Greek mythology, known as a symbol of death and fear, is half-man half-bull creature with an appetite for human flesh, contained within an intricate underground labyrinth to prevent its escape.

“Bianca Bality writes most of our productions and she was really interested in the origin story of the Minotaur as a half-man, half-bull sent to punish people but we hadn’t experienced many original stories about the Minotaur.

“We wanted to explore ideas of the genesis of a monster and how we perceive monsters.

“We delve deep into what makes a monster, and ask the question; how do we own our own story when it feels like the pages have been written for us?” said Bunz.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Dead Puppet Society and Brisbane Powerhouse again to fully realise this ambitious project, and to be offering so many opportunities to our fellow emerging artists.

“MAZE is sure to shock, disgust and delight, and we can’t wait to share it with Brisbane audiences.”

“The Naughty Corner are the next generation of visual theatre makers and it’s an absolute joy to be supporting them” said Dead Puppet Society Executive Producer Nicholas Paine.

“The collective have participated in the DPS Academy over two years and the next step is for them to fully develop MAZE as a production that can tour nationally and internationally in years to come.”

MAZE opens at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Underground Theatre on 29 September and runs until 2 October, for more information visit Brisbane Powerhouse’s website.

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