Old Gaol attracts right kind of weird

The Laudanum Project and Chloe Neath.

The Laudanum Project and Chloe Neath.

The critically acclaimed production The Baby Farmer is performing at the Old Castlemaine Gaol on May 26 and 27, turning this historic building into the background for The Laudanum Project's most ominous work to date.

"I remember the Laudanum Project's last performance here, it stayed with me for weeks afterwards," said Gayle McClure, events manager at the Gaol.

"This is going to be unlike anything most people have seen before, and when placed within the walls of the Old Gaol, I think we will have a night of theatre that will most certainly impress."

The Laudanum Project has devised The Baby Farmer as a multifaceted, unholy trinity that consists of a one-act play, an illustrated book and an accompanying exhibition. Set against the backdrop of London's East End during the 1870s, this one-act, one-man play explores the isolation and spiraling madness that surrounds six-year-old Agatha May and her mentally ill mother Winnifred Alcorn.

Amid an ever-growing nightmare of premonitions, omens and visitations Agatha and Winnifred's darkened world slowly begins to unravel when a shadowy stranger with a sinister agenda appears on the streets of Whitechapel and initiates a terrifying game of cat and mouse that will leave both mother and daughter changed forever.

The Baby Farmer has also been released as an adult picture book with full text from the play and breathtaking illustrations by artist Chloe Neath. In addition to the book, a selection of the original artworks from The Baby Farmer will be on display at each performance and available for purchase from the artist.

* Children not recommended.

The Baby Farmer will be presented at the Old Castlemaine Gaol, on May 26 and 27, 8pm for a 9pm start. Tickets: $40 ($30 concession). Purchase at www.trybooking.com.

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