Past Performance Projects

Nathan's current and previous works as a writer, director, dramaturg, co-creator or co-devisor. 


Crunch Time

a Counterpilot project, 2018
co-commissioned by Metro Arts & Next Wave Festival
co-presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy & TAFE Queensland
written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe

Lately, democracy has been leaving a bad taste in our mouths. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate five-course meal. Viewed via live-feed video from a nearby kitchen, a guest chef prepares real food in response to demand.


I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You

created by The Good Room
co-presented by Brisbane Festival, September 2018
directed by Dan Evans, with key creatives Amy Ingram & Nathan Sibthorpe

This is a work full of questions. Asked by young people. Answered by adults. Transformed inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground delivered by Generation Up Next.



a Counterpilot project, November 2017
co-presented by Metro Arts
written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe

It’s 1926. Michigan. Harry Houdini’s final performance, only you don’t know that at the time. You’re here to be amazed, to be awakened with wonder. But the man before you appears frail, and vulnerable. He falls, he fails, and you can’t tear your eyes away.


Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot

created by David Megarrity & Nathan Sibthorpe
presented at Queensland Cabaret Festival 2016

The inimitable Tyrone and Lesley entwine their beautiful, funny music with moving images of skies, suns and moons, clarity and clouds, dull bulbs and high windows. A ukulele-led dance of screen and song where there are no wallflowers, it’ll transport you all the way to exactly where you are. It’s funny ha ha, funny weird and a little bit funny valentine.... 


This is Capital City

a Counterpilot project, 2015
directed by Sandra Carluccio, written by Toby Martin
dramaturgy by Nathan Sibthorpe

An intimate promenade performance that uses location based technology to guide audience members through a solo experience around Brisbane Powerhouse, transposed as Capital City.


Clarity in Transit

a Counterpilot project, 2014
co-created by Sandra Carluccio, Nathan Sibthorpe, Clinton Freeman & Mike Willmett

A free solo interactive word game to be played near gates 26-36 of the Brisbane Domestic Airport. It uses locative audio, site installations and word puzzles in order to guide participants on a meditative journey in a public departure lounge. The production incorporates themes of universality and utopia in response to its presentation coinciding with the G20 World Leaders Summit.


Sob Story

written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe
creative development for the Arts Centre's Gold Coast Works-in-Progress program, 2014

Welcome to the TED Talk that will make you cry... Three almost-performers stand before an audience with something to prove. If we can understand and dissect our own emotions, then surely we can overcome them - after all, emotion is just something we learnt from the movies, right? Sob Story is a darkly comic devised piece in the style of Gob Squad and Post Presents Post.


Into the Woods

directed by Nathan Sibthorpe
produced by Ignatians Theatre Company, 2013

A uniquely staged production of Sondheim's most beloved musical with 30-piece orchestra and live 2D cel animation...


Total Dik

a creative development for Queensland Theatre Company, 2013
co-devised by Nathan Sibthorpe, Todd MacDonald, Chris Kohn, Matt Delbridge & Lee McGowan

A transmedia performance work that explores dictatorship via the use of mass media. Taking over a green screen studio, Total Dik examines notions of control and media manipulation, from dictators throughout history, to dictators in everyday life.


Some Dumb Play

written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe
presented at Metro Arts, 2012

An exercise in remote-controlled theatre. With over 1.5 million different shows to vote for, we can be anything you want us to be… Some Dumb Play explores cultural democracy by asking an audience to vote in real time for the scenes they want to see. 



written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe
assorted productions, 2010-12

A silent one-man show for a blackly comic clown. A suited man approaches a lecturn and tries to speak, but finds that he can not. In the time that he's got, the man tries a frenzied series of attempts to get his message across...


Fallen Tree

written & directed by Nathan Sibthorpe
presented by Vena Cava Productions, 2011

A wildly theatrical story, told by a cast of eleven for one performance only. What makes the production unique, is that for the duration of its performance, all audience members are locked outside of the theatre. Before performing, there had been no rehearsals - performers only received their page of the script to read onstage.