‘The incredible vocal stylings of Holly Austin combine with looping technology and mime to create a show that simply flies by as you look on in slack-jawed amazement.’
- Funny Tone
- Theatre Travels
Photo: Pippa Samaya
"Austin has a kind of genius in her performance, a happy, infectious tenacity. She’s like Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky or Audrey Tautou in Amélie" - See Saw Magazine
Photo: Nathaniel Dean
Will you be brave enough to play your part and save us all from the Giant? ... Our future depends on you!
Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure is a sound-led choose-your-own-adventure show for the whole family. Directed by acclaimed theatre-maker/director Dr. Miles O'Neil (one third of the award winning The Suitcase Royale) and created and performed by theatre-maker/comedian Holly Austin it promises to kick your imagination into overdrive and your inner kid dazzled and giggling.
Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure follows Dr AudiYO, a beatboxing clown-come-superhero, as she sets off on a surreal adventure to slay The Giant, who’s on a rampage to silence the city. Dr AudiYO must use her ‘magic looping fanny pack’ and enlist the help of the audience to save the city.
On a bare stage, using only her voice, a microphone and a world first body-worn vocal-looping effects unit to evoke magical landscapes and characters, Austin transports her audience into a wondrous world of giants, music and cats.
The work fuses old school clowning and mime techniques with new skool beatbox and cutting edge wireless looping technology, to forge innovative ways to connect with young audiences. Think Mr Bean meets Godzilla thrown down a rabbit hole to find Alice and Dr Seuss.
In Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure the audience become the true heroes of the show. Together with Dr AudiYO’s they must play together to create and complete the show. This is at the heart of the work, the importance of imaginative play. It celebrates the audience’s bravery and courage in participating within the show and highlights the power of connection and collective action.
Photo: Pippa Samaya
Writer | Performer
Holly Austin is one of Australia’s most versatile multi-disciplinary performers. She is celebrated for her individuality in theatre-making and her unique vocal dexterity.
A NIDA graduate, she has a vast number of screen and theatre credits to her name including performer/writer for Comedy Channel’s Open Slather and recently appeared in Ten’s How To Stay Married.
She is the recipient of The Ian Potter Cultural Grant, The Mike Walsh Fellowship and The Inaugural ACTF Joan & Betty Rayner Fellowship.
She is also a musician and beatboxer and has performed with the likes of Martha Wainwright, MC Common, Amanda Palmer, John Butler, Mama Kin, Holly Throsby and at SXSW with Sui Zhen
Dr. Miles O'Neil
Doctor Miles O’Neil is a multi-award-winning theatre maker, musician, actor, actor trainer and academic with a PhD in contemporary theatre from the University of Melbourne.
He is a founding member of internationally renowned Melbourne-based theatre company and band Suitcase Royale.
TSR regularly tours internationally and have sold out seasons at venues and festivals such as London’s Soho Theatre, The Andy Warhol Theatre PA, Ruhrfestspiele Festival, Internationales Figurin Theatre Festival, Latitude Festival and Battersea Arts Centre.
Locally, they have been programmed in the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Dark Mofo and New Zealand Arts Festivals.
Tahni is an independent producer based in Albury-Wodonga. In 2017 she founded her company Froudist, with a focus on contemporary practice and participatory work.
Froudist has since collaborated with Outback Theatre for Young People, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, THE RABBLE, Alyson Evans, Emily Goddard, Cubbyhouse Co, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble and Adena Jacob’s Fraught Outfit.
Tahni is currently a producer with Performing Lines and Flying Fruit Fly Circus and was previously the General Manager and joint CEO of HotHouse Theatre and Associate Producer at Belvoir.
Annie McKinnon is the director of About Turn, based in St Peters, Sydney. She is a creative technologist, sound designer, and composer.
Her portfolio includes expertise in interactive touring exhibitions, interactive theatre, gestural interfaces and devices for communication, immersive installations, instrument/product design, and smart objects.
In 2017 Annie was a resident artist at Parramatta Artist Studios. In 2016, she was named as one of Synergy Percussions 40Under40 composers.