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Lingua Franca dance and physical theatre create alert and visceral performance in Bathurst, NSW.


Taking its name from a language that is adopted as a common language between people of different backgrounds - Lingua Franca was founded in 2012 by artists Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien. After creating work separately, they began a collaboration, integrating their skills, performance training and creative processes leading to the imagining of original physical and theatrical work.



Lingua Franca

  • engage with regionally based professional artists to create excellent performance work guided by multidisciplinary collaboration.

  • create urgent and provocative original physical theatre driven by the values of rigour, inquisitiveness, candour and adventure.

  • are committed to presenting work in both regional and metropolitan contexts exposing audiences to the quality of regional arts practice.

  • enable the growth youth and community artists through training, creative workshops and the production of new work



Body of Work


MIGHTY (2016 - present)

Drawing on physical theatre, dance, circus and verbatim theatre, Mighty is an exploration of strength in our modern times. In a world of aggression, brutality and intolerance, where is the space for grace, vulnerability and empathy in the way we lead, and the ways we relate to each other and our world? Made with a diverse company of performers and creatives, the first stage development showing exposed two weeks of exciting creative collaboration with steel sculptor Harrie Fasher.

UNSUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR (2015-present), this work is about progress. A personal and large scale insight into human behaviours and ideologies that surround our need and desire to be better, do more, have more and push the limits of our survival to the point where we are seriously challenging the future of civilisation.


WORK IT (2015- present), through on site investigations and an integration of the moving body, interactive video and live sound the artists expose our everyday behaviours, thoughts and feelings connected with work, 'place' and identity.


CLIQUE (2014), created by young performers from Bathurst and Cowra asking what it means to be part of the crowd. A co-presentation by Lingua Franca and United Fusion, two of the Central West’s most innovative physical performance companies working with young dancers and actors.

SWITCH (2014), a physical theatre, stilt and dance work exploring ideas of status was created and performed with six emerging artists of the Bathurst region for the 2014 Catapult Festival, with mentorship from David Clarkson of Stalker.


SYNTHESIS 2012) performed by nine young regional artists in 2012 exploring the fusion of performance form, memories and human potential.


RIGHT BEHIND YOU (2012 - 2013) a verbatim dance theatre work exploring modern day and Ancient Greek experiences of love performed at BMEC Bathurst, 2high Festival - Brisbane Powerhouse, Wirksworth Festival UK and Gorman House Arts Centre, in Canberra. The work was short listed for Performing Lines Road Work touring initiative in 2015.







Mighty, creative development Dec 2016. Photography by Brendan Napier



The company has been supported by Local Stages at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, the Australia Council for the Arts, CreateNSW and  the Regional Arts Fund.

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