Splinters Theatre of Spectacle was a performance troupe based in Canberra, Australia that was renowned for large outdoor spectacles, site-specific performance installation and cutting edge theatre. Between 1985 and 1998, Splinters produced more than 20 works that played at theatres and festivals around the country and provided a springboard for a many individual artists and a number of successful companies. The company is listed in the AusStage database and a Wikipedia entry is here. Some of the most notable works include:
- Cathedral of Flesh, Old Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide Fringe Festival 1992 – awarded Best Promenade Theatre of the 1992 Festival and Fringe by the Adelaide Advertiser.
- Guardians of the Concourse – commissioned by Robyn Archer for the 1993 National Festival of Australian Theatre.
- ICON, commissioned performance for the 1993 Sydney Opera House 20th Anniversary.
- 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, 1994 – commissioned performance for the opening of the exhibition curated by Nic Waterlow at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales.
- Village of Captive Souls – 1994 tour to Wagga Wagga, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Hay and Albury NSW, awarded one of the first ever Australian Government Playing Australia touring grants.
- Faust – 1996 commission for the Australian National University 50th Anniversary, including an original score by Larry Sitsky.
See also the speech delivered by Patrick Troy “A potted history of Splinters Theatre of Spectacle” elsewhere on this site.