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  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

  • The Disappearances Project. Image: Heidrun Lohr.

The Disappearances Project

Production Year:  2011 Touring: 2012 - 2013’s a work that lingers in the mind and some of its impact is derived from our own fearful projections, the inevitable “what if”. But The Disappearances Project is also a quiet plea for action that could help so many in this scarcely imaginable predicament: the inflexible application of privacy laws, bureaucratic inertia, the lack of a dedicated channel for these kinds of inquiries in welfare and mental health services … spare, beautifully crafted and moving work…"

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

...those are some of the issues raised by Australian company Version 1.0 in this verbatim show that offers a collage of the experiences of Australians who have been left behind by the disappeared. Making its European premier as part of the Brighton festival, the hour-long static show delivered by two actors - Irving Gregory and Yana Taylor, both superb - who sit facing the audience. The piece displays a frozen quality, its form mirroring the emotional state of those talking about the people they love, there one day and gone the next."...."the sense of dread is enhanced by Paul Prestipino's haunting soundscape in which the sound of dripping water mixes with creaks, scrapes and rasps”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian



When a person goes missing from a small community the effect can be devastating and wide-reaching. When their disappearance remains unsolved many years later, the effects of prolonged not-knowing are agonising. Tracing the trajectories of hope, anger and grief over years of police investigations in a range of unexplained disappearances, version 1.0 explore the effects of long-term missing persons cases on family members and communities. Following the journeys of those left behind in the wake of disappearances, The Disappearances Project explores the search for both lost loved ones and for the pieces of shattered lives. An intimate new work from the Helpmann Award-winning performance group version 1.0.

Production History

4 - 6 May 2013
Brighton Festival 2013
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

New Road, Brighton, UK 

20 - 21 July 2012
The Arts Centre
135 Bundall Rd
Surfers Paradise QLD

18 July 2012
Centre of Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street
Cairns QLD

16 July 2012
Burdekin Theatre
161 Queen Street

16 July 2012
The Events Centre
20 Minchinton St
Caloundra QLD

9 - 10 July, 2012
The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
56 Neil Street
Toowoomba, QLD

3 - 6 July, 2012
Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD

22 February- 4 March, 2012
Main Theatre, Adelaide College of the Arts
39 Light Square Adelaide

26 - 30 July, 2011
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Presented by Perth Theatre Company and version 1.0 inc.

19 April-7 May, 2011
Track 8, CarriageWorks
Presented by Performance Space, CarriageWorks and version 1.0 inc.

8-9 April, 2011
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst


Production Credits

Concept and research: Yana Taylor and David Williams
Devisers: Irving Gregory, Paul Prestipino, Yana Taylor and David Williams
Performers: Irving Gregory and Yana Taylor
Co-directors: Yana Taylor and David Williams
Composer: Paul Prestipino
Original Lighting Design: Frank Mainoo
Film Director: Yana Taylor
Cinematographer: Sean Bacon
Editor/Film-making Collaborator: Dan Jamieson
Dramaturgical Consultant: Deborah Pollard

Original Producer: David Williams

The Disappearances Project was commissioned by Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, supported by Bathurst Regional Council. version 1.0 inc. is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. The Disappearances Project was assisted through HotHouse Theatre’s A Month in the Country residential program, a project delivered in partnership with Albury City.

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