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Presented by BLEACH* and Shock Therapy Arts

Presented by BLEACH* and Shock Therapy Arts

Gut-wrenching to its very core, Locked In is a multidisciplinary, physical performance that unravels the connection between our sensory and extrasensory experience of the physical world.

Drawing inspiration from true stories, Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, the production follows a man with Locked-in syndrome. Scenes flicker between his harsh reality bound to a hospital bed, to the vibrant, technicolour realm of his mind. Adapted into an immersive performance installation just for BLEACH*, this evocative piece is sure to have you transfixed.

“LOCKED IN paints a strong, quiet and beautiful portrait of a trapped mind’s desperate struggle when its vessel is unresponsive”
– Kristian Rødvand, Rana Blad. Nordland Teater, Norway 2017

Shock Therapy

Shock Therapy Arts is a Not for Profit Social Enterprise, founded on the Gold Coast in January 2015 by Sam Foster and Hayden Jones.

Shock Therapy is made up of a team of the arts industry’s most experienced artists, designers, accountants, lawyers, strategic advisors, administrators and producers who work together to achieve the company’s creative vision.

We collaborate with others to create work that engages, provokes thought, inspires and creates impact.
Creatively Shock Therapy’s work covers a broad range of arts practices including; writing, directing and performance works that span conventional theatre spaces, site specific work, immersive experiences, performance art, installation, physical theatre, issue-based youth theatre, children's theatre, digital media, film and workshop facilitation.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Primarily visual content
  • Language is no barrier

Content Warnings: Contains adult themes, sexual references, and other potentially triggering subject matter relating to

The performance contains primarily visual content, having minimal dialogue and some background music or sounds, so Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have close to the full experience of the work.
The performance may contain other sensory stimuli (e.g sudden loud noises, strong smells, intense visuals/colours),

This performance will be delivered in an immersive mode, which means that the performance may take place in and around the audience. The audience may find themselves very close to the performers.
The majority of audience members will experience this work while standing. If you require seating in order to attend this performance, please note this when booking. Wheelchair users are able to attend this performance - please see our Festival Access Team or the HOTA Front of House team on arrival for directions to the wheelchair accessible entrance to the venue.

This performance takes place in The Basement at HOTA. You can find out more about access options for The Basement on our Accessibility page.

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Original ConceptSam Foster
DirectorVeronica Neave
Sound DesignerGuy Webster
Vision DesignerNathan Sibthorpe
CastSam Foster, Hayden Jones, Lauren Sherlock
Ticket prices
  • Adult$19
  • A booking fee will be applied at checkout.

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135 Bundall Road, Surfers ParadiseQLD 4217

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Saturday 03 Aug3:30PM4:30PM5:30PM
Sunday 04 Aug1:30PM2:30PM3:30PM
All times are QLD AEST
Important Info
  • Food & beverage available on site
  • Transport options available
  • Recommended for audiences 14+ accompanied by an adult
  • Parking
  • General Admission
  • Contains mild course language and adult themes
  • Performances may contain lighting effects, strobe and haze
  • Ticketed
  • Theatre

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