Le Scatterman

Written and performed by James Hullick as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Event Cancelled

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Presented by JOLT Arts, Beat Magazine and 3PBS FM

70 minutes

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, JOLT Arts has announced the cancellation of all Le Scatterman performances, effective from Tuesday 17 March.

Event Cancelled

About The Show

Le Scatterman fails to pick up the kids and leaves them and their mother hanging. While they wait Le Scatterman entertains the audience with carousing and various numbers before ‘working from home’. When working from home Le Scatterman learns that his ex might have moved on — without him.

In an era of re-imaging gender and the role of the modern male, many men are reshaping themselves. For some the task almost incomprehensible. This imagining can be as hilarious as it may be daunting or unachievable.

In Le Scatterman we can see ourselves: creatures of gender, habit and desire trying to keep it together.

The role of Le Scatterman is played by leading Australian composer and musician James Hullick. Structured around an array of Hullick’s genre-bending songs, music runs throughout the production. Shades of Bob Dylan; New Order; Stockhausen; Johnny Cash; Barry Humphries; John Cage and flat out sound art flesh out a work that affectionately pays homage to inspirational artists and their art.

The show Le Scatterman sits within Hullick’s Epic Topias Cycle. Similar in some regards to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Epic Topias is a cycle of mythic sonic media productions that tell of the interaction between Le Scatterman’s family and first contact with alien travellers. The 16 productions within the cycle are being performed in Australia and abroad in 2020 and 2021.

Le Scatterman rides upon Hullick’s formidable array of talents: singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, electronic sound artist, comedian, video artist, actor, author, bullshit artist and all-round show-boater. Hullick is a creative force of nature.

While Hullick as Le Scatterman is the only ‘live’ performer in the work, several characters appear on video and in audio.


Cast & Creatives


Scatterman — James Hullick


Freya, mother — Charlotte Bolcskey

Hnoss, daughter — Scarlet Bolcskey-Hullick

Gersemi, daughter — Astrid Bolcskey-Hullick

A shorter 30 min version of the work premiered in 2016 at the State Theatre of Western Australia presented by Western Australia’s trailblazing Tura New Music.

Presented in 2020 by JOLT Arts at the Southbank Theatre, The Lawler, this will be Le Scatterman’s full-length premiere, and James Hullick’s debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Director & Video Artist — James Hullick

Producer — Charlotte Bolcskey

Sound Engineer — Michael Hewes

Lighting Engineer — Bronwyn Pringle

Cinematography — Cam Miller

This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

‘…his face painted in garish colours and head dusted with glitter – wringing thunderous sound from his electric guitar, channelling Bowie and Hendrix. An exploration of the tensions between artistic practice and family life, WERE/OBLIVION set Hullick’s text – a letter addressed to his daughters, sung by the composer in guttural, sometimes screaming tones in a powerful, heartfelt performance of fractured sound and fury.’

Limelight 2017
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

"Hullick kept up the engagement with a well-timed use of sounds, visuals and a strangely heartfelt portrayal of a lost man. The piece invites for reflection on topics such as gender, self-awareness, the composer/audience relationship, and artists battling the cultural cringe.”

Cool Perth Nights 2016

The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006