Presented by The Lock Up, Newcastle

A sound work without a score, a dance piece without steps, theatre without words.

Inspired by Charlotte Wood’s award-winning book The Natural Way of Thingsthe foul of the air is a genre bending performance set in multiple spaces inside Newcastle’s The Lock Up. Inside this 1800S Police Station reimagined as a contemporary arts space, three male double bass players, and three woman will take you on a visceral journey of how easily we become immune to the mistreatment of others, especially women.

the foul of the air has been described by the author Charlotte Wood as:

“a wild, hallucinatory, vivid and astonishing performance inspired by my novel The Natural Way of Things. I kept thinking Louise Bourgeois, Pina Bausch, dreams, One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and everything being brought to the surface in Australia right now. Watching you with my heart in my mouth & guts churning was *exactly* what it felt like to write that book. Brava” 


Director: Michelle St Anne
Cloé Fournier
& Michelle St Anne
Maximilian Alduca
Marie-Louise Bethune
Jacques Emery
Oscar Peterson
Text: Charlotte Wood (with permission)

Supported by Inner West Council’s Creative Use of Council Venues Pilot Program.


13 & 14 October 7.30PM | Duration 70mins
The Lock Up | 90 Hunter St Newcastle