For our last weekend in Melbourne with Personal Political Physical Challenge we are going to have an open conversation facilitated by Malthouse Theatre’s resident dramaturge Van Badham with Sam Fox (Hydra director), members of the cast, and anyone who wants to join, ask difficult questions or listen in.

We will talk about some of the motivations and characteristics of PPPC, particularly looking at hybrid work, the need for difference in our cultural context and the importance of breaking down or carefully mistreating form in contemporary performance.

Tickets are on sale for shows at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this August. Click here to book your tickets!

A couple try to reignite the fire through radicalising exercises in their garage, drawing obscure occupiers to their alternative suburban melodrama.


THANKYOU Dear Supporters

Posted on by Sam Fox

Personal Political Physical Challenge is up and running at Malthouse Theatre and thanks to our supporters we have been able to push the production value to where it needs to be!    And it really means a lot to have so much generosity directed to our work. Thankyou dear supporters.

Fiona de Garis
Dave Primmer
Lex Randolph
Cecelia Cmielewski
Katya Shevstov
Genevieve Abbey
Francis & Daryl Barr Kumarakulasinghe
Michelle O’Brien
Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre
Brendan McCallum
Daisy Sanders
Laura Boynes
Jennifer Leys
Deborah Robertson
Joanna Pollitt
Jarred Dewey
Laura Jane Lowther
Paula Lay
Michael Gall
Casey Helmore
Elle Evangelista
Brooke Leeder
Helen Crain-Welsby
Quindell Orton
James McIntosh
Fiacre Mulhall
Cole Leather
Paul Blackman
Kynan Hughes
Jackie and Graeme McIntosh
Amanda Alderson
Josh Mu
Nudein Narkose
Shannon Langley
Nikolas Patterson
Tomas Ford
Sarah Rowbottam
Patrice Newall
Alan Guest
Bonnie Tessa Davies
Benjamin Forster
Jason Mckenzie
Daine Stern
Hannah Fox
Dave Miller
Margo Donaldson
Aimee Smith
James Petch
Adriane Daff
Francis Sullivan
Sammie Williams
Karl Matacz
Alexis Mian
Alice Lee Holland
Cathy Bowditch
and to those of you who ticked ‘Anonymous’ too

Rachel Ogle and James Welsby in performance at Malthouse Theatre

Get your tickets!

Posted on by Sam Fox

It’s time to get your tickets here for Personal Political Physical Challenge at the Malthouse Theatre – Melbourne. Shows run Tuesday to Saturday for this week and next (shows remain 13-25 August). Militant ballet, suburban melodrama, truth challenges… Don’t miss it.

Below is a mysterious still from the theatre. Because we don’t want too give much away.

Gross Movement

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Renae Coles

The team are working hard over in Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre! Dress rehearsals all day today with the show opening on Saturday night. Some images and notes director Sam Fox has sent through from afar…

gross movement, as in big, clear, explicit, with-a-single-uncomplicated-potentially-reductionist-intent, dance aesthetics in rehearsal…

testing physics in the theatre – James Welsby and Rachel Ogle

working with light in Personal Political Physical Challenge with Bluebottle lighting designers.

Ballet is so — right now

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Sam Fox

We made some new badges… because ballet is so exciting right now. For those of you who didn’t study ballet history, the form’s first patron and self made star was Louis the XIV aka the Sun King. His total decadence was the climax of the baroque and pretty much led to the starving masses who enacted the first installment of French Revolution – storming the Bastille, guillotines etc.

Godard & the middle class

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Sam Fox

Jean Luc Godard’s film Weekend is over the top, melodramatic, hyper politicised and farcical. It is also incredibly smart, funny, violent, horrifying, authentic, radical and revolutionary. The protagonists are backstabbing, nihilistic, upwardly aspirational middle class villains*. And this portrayal is so good because the middle class is never in a solid state of middleness.

Thoughts on Thomas Jefferson

Posted on by James Welsby

Thomas Jefferson has a presence in PPPC as a reference to American democracy, freedom, and the separation of church and state. His character is a complex one; much of his outward politics was sharply contrasted by his personal actions.


Labour begins.

Posted on July 20, 2012 by Sam Fox

Dancers do labour and art at the same time. The exploration of ideas almost inevitably becomes an act of hardcore physical work. And harsh discipline and self critique are often  present.  Seeking labour, self inflicted hardship, for very little or no material gain, within a cultural world with big hierarchies at play… these things are dance.

We need just a bit more help to get us to Melbourne. So far we’ve been overwhelmed by peer supporters giving their very hard earned cash to our fundraising drive. It means a real lot. Go to our campaign site here and check the rewards. Enormous gratitude awaits!