Stories Like These, Antipodea and Griffin Independent present the Australian premiere of
by Dea Loher
Translated by Michael & Michael
6 – 28 March 2009
I stick / my needle into your flesh / again and again / a tattoo / which you’ll keep / my signature / for life / a mark / indelible
Tattoo is a dark and discordant fairytale, true to the tradition of the Grimm Brothers, about the misuse of power within the last bastion of safety – the family.
Oven-Wolf, a respected village baker and domestic tyrant, reigns fiercely over his family; his muzzled wife, Dog-Face Julie, and his two maiden-daughters, Anita and Lulu. As the gingerbread house walls continue to close in, Anita’s chance encounter with the charming Flower Paul offers hope – and threatens to expose their not-so-sweet world within…
Tattoo is a song of domestic entrapment, forensically detailing the transgression of moral boundaries.
“plays that ingeniously combine sensuality and deceptiveness, comedy and death” – Der Spiegel