Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S. Weiland

Crawl Me Blood

In development in with Aphids and Vitalstatistix

A radical reimagining of Jean Rhys’ novel The Wide Sargasso Sea.

A little white cockroach is crawling home to the Caribbean for the first time and she is determined to have a rich cultural experience.

Crawl Me Blood takes you into a Botanical Gardens at night to encounter the family saga at the centre of Jean Rhys’ seminal work of post-colonial fiction.

With sound documentary, music, performance and rum punch, the story is reframed as a contemporary encounter between an Australian woman and the horrific, rotting reality of her dual colonial heritage.

Co-directors Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S. Weiland lead a team of Australian artists with very different family backgrounds in the Caribbean including Felix Cross, Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman, Matt Daniels and Alexis West.

With each new intoxicating garden unfolds a layer of fiction, autobiography and the real life unpacking of race and gender in the ferment of our post-colonial world.

“Blackness in the white imagination has nothing to do with black people.” – Claudia Rankine

Creative team

Halcyon Macleod, Willoh S.Weiland, Felix Cross, Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman, Matt Daniels and Alexis West

Supporters

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This project has been assisted by Arts Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

Project Dates

In development in 2017
Premiering with Vitalstatistix in 2018