Alicia Talbot

Night Vision

Night Vision by Alicia Talbot

A half-forgotten wreck, a joy ride, red dust flying and powerful country - this durational performance explores the invasion of a wild landscape by a car crash connecting people and stories across a series of timelines.


Walawarni nginjiwarn yallunga

As the afternoon light stretches into darkness, Night Vision invites you into a strangely compelling world as nine performers, five effigies, taxidermied animals and shape shifters enter into a marathon six-hour performance event.

A disorientated 70 year-old, a pack of teenagers, a knowledge man and a woman in loss find themselves connected in a state of a performed delirium on an isolated country road.

This durational work takes place in ever-changing 90-minute cycles over a six-hour time frame. Audiences are invited to view one cycle, or to stay on to see how the work changes as day turns to night.

Welcomed onto country by David Little and his family, Night Vision has been created by a team of artists working in collaboration with an extraordinary ensemble of local performers.


Originally developed by Alicia Talbot, Night Vision is a collaborative work devised and created for Siteworks 2016 by Vanessa Barbay, Suzannah Bayes Morton, Liz Jones, David Little, Steve Mayhew, Alicia Talbot, Morgan Blakeney, Nigel Hewitt, Caine Smith, Xara van Doorn Starkey, Kryton Stewart, Regina Heilmann and Brendon Vitiello.

Initial research for this project was supported by A Month in The Country at HotHouse Theatre with Raimondo Cortese, Liz Jones and the Hothouse ensemble.

Night Vision is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.


Alicia Talbot developed a long career and significant profile as a practicing artist, artistic director, and ideas generator. Over the last 20 years Alicia has developed an impressive body of work as a director and cultural leader, creating new theatre works that capture pressing questions embedded within Australian society. These works have toured locally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, Alicia curated the national industry conference for the Australian Theatre Forum, and was previously Artistic Director of renowned company Urban Theatre Projects (2001 – 2012). Alicia has created acclaimed works for Adelaide Festival and Sydney Festivals and has been commissioned and presented at Belvoir, Arts House, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), and Harbourfront Centre, Canada. Alicia is a Churchill Fellow and more recently, a recipient of a Theatre Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts.

Liz Jones AO is the CEO and artistic director of Melbourne’s famous La Mama Theatre. She is widely recognised as a leader in the arts in Australia, and particularly in experimental theatre, which has been a major focus of her passion and energy for more than thirty years. Throughout her life Liz has forged new directions in several fields – as a teacher, performer, administrator, board member, employer, manager of an iconic theatre company, entrepreneur and social justice advocate. She has also worked extensively with a number of directors and ensembles including David Pledger and NYID, Margaret Cameron and Aphids, Emma Valente and The Rabble and with Bagryana Popov in the ongoing site specific regional Uncle Vanya Project. In 2009 she commenced work on The Coranderrk Minutes of Evidence Project with Giordano Nani, Rachel Maza with Ilbijerri Theatre Company and has continuously toured with that production since. Having followed Alicia Talbot’s work for almost two decades she is very excited to have the opportunity of working on Night Vision at Bundanon.

Steve Mayhew has lent his skills as a director, dramaturg, writer, sound artist, creative producer or general manager for individual artists projects, companies and festivals including Urban Myth, Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre, Brink Productions, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Restless Dance, Larissa McGowan, Sydney Dance Company, The Border Project, The WIRED Lab, Punctum Inc, post and Sandpit. His work has been seen from small regional venues to large capital city festivals. He is currently Creative Producer at Country Arts SA and the co-founder of PADA (Performance & Art Development Agency) with Vitalstatistix’s Emma Webb. He was the Artistic Director of the 2012 Regional Arts Australia Conference held in Goolwa, South Australia.

Suzannah Bayes-Morton has worked as an actor for over 10 years, graduating from VCA in 2005. Her TV credits include Sissi in The Straits (ABC), Wilfred, All Saints. She has also worked in the theatre with Belvoir, MTC and Urban Theatre Projects. Currently she is shooting a Children's TV Show for Channel 9, The Imagination Train.

Vanessa Barbay - Vanessa’s research responds to the formative effects of her father’s taxidermy practice and her relationships with Aboriginal peers who share cultural knowledge of natural environments. During Vanessa younger years she learnt from Yuin and Wiradjuri friends, and during her research she was taught culture in the Kunwinjku community of Kunbarlanja in Western Arnhem Land. For PhD in 2013 her studio practice based painting project investigated animal death through the creation of the ‘shroud’, an image of individual animals created by their own decomposition. In conjunction with the practice component of the project she produced a dissertation exploring the traditional representation of animals by Aboriginal painters in Western Arnhem Land, particularly in site specific rock art.

David Little is a Wandrawandian man from the south east coast of Australia. His grandmother’s language is Dharawal / dhurga and he is part of the Yuin/ Eora nation. His grandfather’s is Wiradjury (Brungle). Traditional knowledge and family culture is key to his sharing, providing cultural teachings in various forums nationally and internationally. He has enjoyed over 25 years sharing his people’s culture and knowledge. In 2007 David created Murrawadeen bush Tucker tours at Jervis Bay, NSW and in 2005 he participated in the World Indigenous Conference, Wollongong, NSW.