Bare Witness Theatre Co.

The Richter Scale - mapping human seismology

Performance Art


A roving dance work which takes the bustling hum of festival-goers as its provocation and its music. The Richter Scale seeks to embody the contrast between streets that are silent and lifeless, and when they are animated by people, events, and experiences. A primordial body, cloaked in silence, emerges from the stonework of the urban environment, brought to life by life itself in response to the stimulus of human activity, to map the temporal terrain of the festival.


Bare Witness Theatre Co. is an artistic vehicle led by Irish theatremaker, Christopher Samuel Carroll, producing dynamic physical theatre in ensembles and as a solo performer. Since moving to Canberra in 2016, Christopher has established himself as one of the city's most prolific and daring artists.

His swashbuckling Victorian blockbuster, Early Grave, Fashionably Late, sold out at Smith’s Alternative after a run at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne as part of their curated summer program in December 2016. His radical Butoh adaptation of Paradise Lost, described as “a culturally shattering event” (City News), was developed during a five-week residency at Belconnen Arts Centre, before touring to the Adelaide Fringe and to Perth, where it was nominated for The West Australian Arts Editor Award and shortlisted for the Best Theatre award at Fringe World 2017. The wordless solo odyssey, Icarus, debuted at The Blue Room, Perth, with the support of artsACT, winning the Fringe World overall award for Dance and Physical Theatre, before returning for a critically-acclaimed season at The Street Theatre in February 2019. It will tour to the Old 505 Theatre, Sydney, in 2020.

At Art, Not Apart 2019, Christopher fell repeatedly in slow motion down the Nishi Building grand staircase for the hypnotic durational performance art piece, Ever Tried. Ever Failed. Most recently, he played both roles in Mark O'Rowe's white-knuckle joyride, Howie the Rookie, at Smith's Alternative in June 2019.

Christopher was the recipient of the inaugural Helen Tsongas award in 2019 for excellence in acting, awarded to the best Canberran actor of the year by Canberra Critics' Circle.

Bare Witness Theatre Co. is theatre company in residence at the new Belconnen Arts Centre Theatre for 2020.



1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Here and There