Unicorn Productions

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Unicorn Productions was formed in New Zealand in 2006 with director/performer Julia Campbell. In 2007, Erin and Julia moved to Melbourne, Australia, and audiovisual artist Jenine Kerr joined the company. As a company of young, ambitious female artists interested in experimental performance work with film elements, Unicorn Productions created several pieces of work during the life of the company.

 

Their first devised, self-produced production was called Jill & Irene Go Camping, a grotesque, surreal piece of physical theatre about a pair of best friends who go on a strange journey. It was performed as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2007. 

 Jill & Irene Go Camping promotional image. Credit - Kit Haselden

Jill & Irene Go Camping promotional image. Credit - Kit Haselden

In 2008, they created a film installation called Alex London Dies In Public, about a performance artist who makes the ultimate sacrifice for her art. This was created for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

This provocative piece earned the company a front page article in a local Adelaide newspaper for it's apparently controversial content.

It also received some highly favourable reviews -"“Beautifully filmed with dramatic effect." DB Magazine.

The installation was subsequently shown at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Guildford Lane Gallery in Melbourne as part of an exhibition on artist Maya Deren, and at a venue in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

 Alex London Dies in Public image. Credit - Kit Haselden

Alex London Dies in Public image. Credit - Kit Haselden

In 2010, Unicorn Productions created a piece of theatre called Instructions to a Double, which toured Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch. This intimate performance only allowed for 15 audience members, who were seated around a table on which video projections were shown. A larger than life European countess told the story of her life interrupted by video projections contradicting her version of events, whilst her servant rummaged around under the table causing havoc.

“Both Erin Hutching and Julia Campbell are very gifted actors. Conceptually the play is well executed. I look forward to witnessing what next work they have to offer.” Canta Magazine

 Promotional image for Instructions to a Double. Credit - Kit Haselden

Promotional image for Instructions to a Double. Credit - Kit Haselden

The company's final production as a company was a film installation made by Jenine Kerr and Erin Hutching for the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2010 called Night's Wraith, about a woman home alone at night and a strange creature, perhaps a version of herself, outside her window. This piece featured a discordant soundtrack and was shown on a loop projected in a gallery space in Newtown, Sydney. 

Night's Wraith can be watched here:

Unicorn Productions wound up in 2011, with all three company members now living in different cities but remaining close friends.