KaBooM is based on real stories of soldiers who have fought on the frontline. Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. The tale of Fabrice – a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machete wielding hordes; the tale of Majid, who deserted after fighting for 10 years in Saddam Hussein’s army; the tale of Ivor, who, as a 16 year old escaped the Holocaust to fight for his family in the Pacific Islands along with a guardian monkey.
Each of the 7 tales serves as a basis for 7 leading independent theatre directors to create a theatrical response. They use the body of one female performer and an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons – projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track from Bigtoxic – and elements – mud, water, tomatoes, hay – to create a series of interlocking performance vignettes.
Like a contemporary Scheherazade this performer functions as the central storyteller. She also adds an original feminine perspective to the tales of “Men at War “ by assuming complimentary and companion roles in the story telling – the war widow reading a last letter from the heat of battle; the absent lover; the daughter brought up with the ghosts of war constantly hovering in the background.