High Performance Packing Tape

Date:Wed 12 & Thu 13 Oct 2022
Venue:J2 (seated show)
Price:Pay What You Feel (suggested £12.50)

Presented by Branch Nebula

In High Performance Packing Tape, celebrated Australian company Branch Nebula employs readymade materials—stationery and disposable hardware items—to place performer Lee Wilson in a series of mind-bending planes and predicaments.

Climbing towers made from items that will inevitably collapse, suspending the body in the air from materials that stretch and then snap, and balancing precariously on structures made of things designed to decorate a party, High Performance Packing Tape invites the viewer to experience edge of the seat madness.

The tension of cheap materials pushed to breaking point, inevitable equipment failure, and imminent physical demise lead to horrific scenarios. Safety and wellbeing are de-prioritised in new and liberating ways. High Performance Packing Tape faces fear, self preservation and risk management to create enthralling new possibilities for physical performance.

Collaborating Artists Lee Wilson Mickie Quick Mirabelle Wouters Phil Downing Skye Gellmann (alternate performer) Antek Marciniec (consultant)
Producer Jennifer Greer Holmes
Production Managers Neil Simpson and Aaron Clarke
Originally produced by Harley Stumm for Intimate Spectacle
Funding Acknowledgements: High Performance Packing Tape is supported by Create NSW, British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was commissioned by Performance Space for the 2018 Liveworks Festival



This is quintessential “poor theatre” using an absolute economy of means to create tension. The effectiveness of the set-up is hidden in plain sight until the very end, when the tension is finally released and the audience erupts in applause. Highly satisfying. –Jana Perkovic, The Age

For a company committed to explorations of the nature of work and of play as art, High Performance Packing Tape represents a superb synthesis of these preoccupations and the apotheosis to date of Branch Nebula’s creativity. –Keith Gallasch, Realtime

With literal death-defying acts, this show necessitates courage from performers and audiences alike. – Anita Kertes, Hifi Way

…exhilarating and oddly liberating… - Alison Croggon, Witness Performance

For ages 14+

Warning: contains non sexual male nudity, strobe lighting and loud bang

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.


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