Evil Hour is an imagining upon the real-life story of Elizabeth Woolcock, the only woman ever hanged in South Australia, and an exploration of the pre-Christian heritage and rites of Cornish migrants in Mid-Northern South Australia. Rather than being a re-telling of Elizabeth’s life, the show will be a meditation on decolonising the self, and an experiment in horror and Australian Gothic.
Theatre-maker and performer James Smith, like Woolcock, shares heritage with the Cornish workers who occupied parts of the Mid North. In this new work he will collaborate with performer Annabel Matheson and musician Fleur Green. During Adhocracy they will explore horror genre methodology, and the application of live music, group singing and dance to the work through experimenting with traditional ‘Cornish Ways’. This project is Adhocracy 2023’s Hart’s Mill Residency.
Director and performer – James Smith
Performer and collaborator – Annabel Matheson
Musician, performer and collaborator – Fleur Green
Image: James Smith