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
‘…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.’
"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.”