The Kabuki Drop

Germinate. Cultivate. Collaborate.



A Kabuki Drop is a Japanese theatre technique of revealing a new scene or hidden element on stage through the swift and surprising removal of a fabric. The Kabuki Drop creates drama, focus and anticipation in the spectator.


/ka•bu•ku/. Japanese verb meaning ‘out of the ordinary’

The Elders Project

Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 July

The Elders Project is a storytelling encounter featuring a diverse cast of seniors, told through multiple artforms. This intimate and exploratory new work opens up a broad range of perspectives on our shared histories, inviting audiences to experience a big-hearted insight into the world of these surrogate grandparents, deepening our relationship to the past, to truth and to one another. The Elders Project has been created by a team of artists including Nathan Beard and Nalda Searles, in collaboration with a cast of elders whose wisdom, wit and honesty remind us that every life is extraordinary.

Visit the exhibition during the week and stay tuned to and for performance times.

The Elders Project is presented by ART ON THE MOVE and The Kabuki Drop.

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Slap and Tickle

June 21 – June 22

Slap is a clown and Tickle is his gimp. When they take to the stage to perform it is something they have done a thousand times before. Neither of them expects this will be their last show together.

iOTA stars as Slap, while Tickle – the hard working, trouble shooting Gimp – rolls with the punches and dreams of a better life. Backed by a 12-piece WAYJO orchestra, directed by Melissa Cantwell with musical direction by Mace Francis, Slap and Tickle is a hilarious and unexpectedly moving exploration of the variety genre and the ties that bind.

Presented by The Kabuki Drop and Adelaide Cabaret Festival.


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24–29 JULY

A first for WA featuring acclaimed performers Andrea Gibbs and Sean Walsh, Blink is a touching play about love and outsiders, presented as part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.

Sophie is worried she’s disappearing. Jonah is very good at keeping watch. She lives upstairs, and he lives downstairs. With the help of a baby monitor, their lonely worlds collide in the most unconventional ways and a delicately moving and hilarious story unfolds.

Blink is everything you want in a relationship play: funny, painful, affecting… Remarkable.” The New York Times

Writer – Phil Porter | Director – Melissa Cantwell | Featuring – Andrea Gibbs & Sean Walsh | Producers – Melissa Cantwell and Liz Newell | Production Manager & Publicist – Liz Newell | Production Design – Bruce McKinven | Lighting Design – Matthew Marshall | Sound Design & Composition: Nathan Jamieson

Please note, this event takes place in a venue which is unfortunately not accessible via wheelchair.

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The Average Joe


Extraordinary Australian star of stage and screen iOTA takes a candid and hilarious look at his past and present selves in this world premiere work featuring new songs and a live band.

Don’t miss your chance to see this Aria and Helpmann award winning artist from WA whose voice has been described as a “monstrous instrument that soars and roars and jolts you back in your seat.” Sydney Morning Herald.

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About Us

The Kabuki Drop is an evolving, multi-platform company creating works in a variety of spaces and across art forms. We are storytellers who reinterpret theatre forms and present ideas and aesthetics for adventurous audiences.

Showcasing the works of principal creative Melissa Cantwell, we champion artists who seek to redefine the nature of the theatrical experience.

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