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Using the performing body pushed to extremes as a symbol for how humanity is exceeding the limits of a sustainable civilisation, unsustainable behaviour is high energy, 60-minute burst of breakdance, physical theatre and contemporary dance that forces us to ask if we are ‘progressing’ ourselves into obliteration?


A quirky, high impact look into our possibly disastrous future, Lingua Franca’s style of blending exceptional physicality with text and voice makes unsustainable behaviour a potent contemporary provocation.

UNSUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR was programmed for ARTLANDS, Australia's National Regional Arts Conference in October 2016, and performed in Dubbo as a exemplar of exciting and contemporary work being made in Regional Australia.


Premiere: Bathurst Memorial Enterainment Centre, November 2015.


Creative Team

Director - Adam Deusien

Assistant Director/Performer - Alison Plevey

Performers - Joseph Simons, Polly Sara, Jordan Wong

Lighting Design/Operator - Becky Russell

Set and Costume Design - Anne Marie Dalziel

Sound Design - Aaron Hopper

Local Stages Producer - Kylie Shead

Intern/Set construction -  Sasha Slip

Mentor - Kate Champion


Project support
Local Stages BMEC

Arts OutWest

Regional Arts Australia through the Regional Arts Fund

Available to Tour






Through site-specific movement, video and audio, WORK IT investigates the relationship between our work, identity and what we value. It looks at the diverse daily rituals and place of work that connect us in an increasingly fragmented society.


This video is the full piece that was performance at the You are Here Festival and the Art Not Apart festival 2015.


Creative Notes - WORK IT is a site responsive performance art piece. The development process involved filming and interviewing people from a range of difference workplaces in Canberra. From this, the reasons why people work, how it shapes their values and how they engage with the environment they work in were revealed.


Performer: Alison Plevey

Cinematographer: Caitlin Welch

Audio Design/DJ: Yohan Iddawela

Dramaturge: Adam Deusien


WORK IT is supported by artsACT, QL2 Dance, Art, Not Apart Festival and You Are Here Festival.

An Ausdance ACT auspiced project.



At the 2014 Catapult Festival, Stalker Theatre Aritistic Director David Clarkson collaborated with local artists Adam Deusien and Alison Plevey (co-founders of Lingua Franca) who were involved in the 2012 Catapult Merging Emerging artist project, to create a new piece with seven local emerging artists to be performed at the GALA festival performance evening.


Switch combines contemporary dance, physical theatre and stilt work exploring ideas of status and the interplay between physical performance form.


Directed by Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien

Menotred by David Clarkson

Performers: Rebekah Kordas, Will Treddinick, Matt Davis, Tom Matthews, Alex Woodhouse, Ellenor Nunn

right behind you


Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and scripted from tales of real life love and loss, right behind you looks how we fall in love and the detrimental things we do to each other in relationships, even though we may know they are not for the best.


This work combines elements of physical theatre, contemporary dance and verbatim theatre, with original music composed by Melbourne based composer Hamish Lane.


“We spent several weeks conducting interviews with people of various ages, and we’ve used their real stories of love found and lost to create the script.” Adam said, “It’s a pleasure to work with really quite candid, really honest and heartfelt stories from these people’s lives.”


Lingua Franca was invited to perform 'Right Behind You' at Brisbane Powerhouse for the 2High Festival in November 2012. The work features in the subscription theatre season at BMEC Bathurst in August 2013.


Devised and performed by Co-Directors, Alison and Adam

Sound Design by Hamish Lane

Lighting Design and Technical Management by Carla Gates






Developed and performed in collaboration with nine young performers of Bathurst exploring our human impulse to decide and act, what influences such an impulse?

May 2012 Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.


synthesis, was a process which began with workshops allowing the young performers to investigate with Alison and Adam the synthesis of form, dance and theatre. From this they began to experiment with movement and text and explore collaboratively ideas of expressing the collision of the past, present and the future.


Synthesis was performed Catapult Festival (excerpt) in March 2012, with the premiere season 4th and 5th May at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.


Directors: Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien

Composer: Aaron Hopper

Lighting Designer: Becky Russell

Local Stages Producer: Kylie Shead

Performed by: Madison Wong, Kieran Gale, Chad McLachlan, Sarah Davey, Jess Horwell, Rebekah Kordas, Julie McLean, Lauren Gemmell


The project was supported by a Residency and Mentorship grant from the Regional Arts Fund, Art OutWest and Local Stages at BMEC.


"Subtle, humorous and intimate, Synthesis held the audience captivated with choices which are the elements from which we make our personal stories"


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