Watch the incredible process of developing THE BIG HEAD HOUSE, from start to finish on the project’s official Youtube Channel.


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Frances Cowhig, in her final year of graduate study at the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, has brought a group of performers to Austin, TX to create a piece of ensemble theatre using larval masks. In her proposal she wrote:

“The first time I saw a larval character onstage, I stopped breathing. Larval masks have a capacity to hold and move emotion through space in a way I haven’t experienced in naturalistic acting….Writing a script for larval mask is an impossible proposal until the mask has been physically embodied: only then can you know what the mask will and won’t do.”

Ensemble: Frances Cowhig, Sarah Peters, Evan Johnson, Toby Mulford, Miyaka Cochrane and Rachel Spicknall.

Musicians: Michael Shay (cellist) and Lisa Shawley (accordion player/flautist) of The Just Desserts.

Masks custom made by Kate Braidwood and Zuzka Sabata.