‘Michael Smith’s It’s Called Achilles was a bizarre look at the notion of ‘camp’. It began with Smith rushing around the theatre, weaving in and out of the audience, panting noisily. The work culminated oddly with Smith leaping out of a window at the very rear of the theatre’s old stage, which is rarely used.’ - Trevor Keeling, Artshub

Choreographer / Performer:
Michael Smith

Performer / Sound Composition:
Felix Sampson

Costume Design:
Andrew Treloar

Ashleigh Musk and Amber Haines

A relentless undressing, a damsel unleashed and a frivolous body. This is Camp as autobiography.

In the name of all that is Camp, It’s Called Achilles puts the body on show, draped and adorned with exaggerations, frivolities and the dramatic. This is not Camp as performance, but Being-as-playing-a-role, where the performer attempts to locate a self-proclaimed truth within the morphic notions of “Camp”.

It’s Called Achilles is ultimately a celebration, a sequestering of the traditional in liberation of Queerness, particularly in regional spaces.