A new work for teenagers, asking, are we in control, or being controlled?

Four performers battle each other inside a series of giant sculptural machines, hoping to discover the proof of free will.

Using slam poetry and demanding physical agility, the performers make their arguments from within the body of the machines – simultaneously asking; are we in control or being controlled? Trapper investigates the complex relationship humans have with the systems we embrace, inhabit and fight against.

With writing by playwright, Angus Cerini,  and poet, Emilie Zoey Baker, and directed by Christian Leavelsey, Trapper is aimed at teenagers (14+) as they move into adulthood.

Trapper will world premiere in August 2017 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Details below.

World Premiere: Arts Centre Melbourne


Arts Centre Melbourne - Fairfax Studio


2–4 August
(Term 3)

2 August, 10:30am & 1pm
3–4 August, 12:30pm

Duration: 65 min plus 15 minute post-show Q&A

PRICE: $22


Ages 14+

Years 9-12


Creative Development

Schools Development

Early October 2014 Arena travelled to East Gippsland where we spent a day working at 5 schools - Bairnsdale Secondary College, Swifts Creek P12 College, Cann River P12 College, Mallacoota P12 College and Orbost Secondary College.

Together Arena Artists built some incredible cascading machines with students aged anywhere between 8 - 17. They explored ideas of independence and decision making and looked at the systems they live their lives within (or outside of).

Huge thank you to all schools and students involved. Incredibly inspiring experience.