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Presented by Brown’s Mart Productions & The Cicada Collective in association with SANGGAR PARIPURNA

Written and Directed by Timothy Parish
Directors of Puppetry Conor Fox and I Made Sidia
Starring: Tom Pauling, Kadek Hobman, Tony Rive & Ciella Williams
Animation by Timothy Parish

The Book of Shadows was an international theatrical production blending shadow puppetry, video projections and live performance to create an unique, evocative stage play, now beign adapted into a screenplay.

Set in the European dark ages as two gypsies escape the trials of the inquisition and the witch trials, the story revolves around the forbidden ‘book of shadows’ an ancient codex that has the power to adapt a new story for whomsoever reads it. The narrative expands in a portmaneau of stories adapted with new interpretations from traditional fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales from across the world.

Situated in the worlds of fantasy and magic, shadow and light, myth, legend and fable, The Book of Shadows explores the power of story and imagination, taking it’s audience form the underworld to the afterlife and beyond.

Highlights from the BOOK OF SHADOWS theatrical production.

Written and directed by Darwin filmmaker and artist Timothy Parish with puppetry direction by Conor Fox, The Book of Shadows grew into an international collaboration with Balinese performing artists from the Sanggar Paripurna headed by the internationally renowned dalang Made Sidia.

Preview of the BOOK OF SHADOWS chapter ‘The Song of the Sky’ based on Greek mythology.

A short video following the creative development of The Book of Shadows with members of The Cicada Collective, during a three week artistic intensive in Ubud, Bali.

Big thanks to Browns Mart Theatre, Sean Pardy, Sanggar Paripurna and Made Sidia, Michi Arts Retreat, Odeck and Tara from Betelnut UBUD.

All videos filmed and edited by Timothy Parish – Verb Studios

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OCEANIC with SYREN (live performance)


SYREN – THE OCEANIC was a unique live audiovisual performance on the Nightcliff foreshore as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival 2014.

Directed by Timothy Parish
Music by Syren
Dance by Skintillation
Video projections by Verb Studios

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Samples from theatrical projects VERB STUDIOS has worked as a video producer for.

THE PLANETS > montage


A short montage of a film project created in 2010 as a cinematic accompaniment to Darwin Symphony Orchestra performing The Planets by Gustav Holst. This production was an attempt to map the astrological symbolism of the planetary cosmos onto the music journey created by Holst in 1914.
Performed live at the Darwin Entertainment Centre November 2010 with full symphony orchestra.

Soundtrack: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Darwin Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director: Leif Sundstrup

Rob E. Hoad as The Wanderer & Hermes
Lulu Madill as Venus
Psycus Pete as The Magician

Produced, Written, Directed and Edited by Timothy Parish
Co-Produced by Alex Ben Mayor – 32 Degrees
Assistant Directors: Leigh Bramall, Peta Khan
Director of Photography: Joshua Muirhead
Animation Director: Pete Walker – Visual Milita

Pete Walker, Daniel Hartney, Mike Holligan, Sam Bondareff, Craig Danvers, Michael Roseth, Luke Rosenberg, Nestora

Verb Studios 2010


Samples from various theatrical projects VERB STUDIOS has worked on as a video producer, animator and installation artist.

Darwin vs Matilda TVC & Behind The Scenes

DARWIN VS MATILDA TVC from Verb Studios on Vimeo.

Debuted in the 2010 Darwin Festival, and now back by popular demand, a play within a play; a story within a story. Darwin Vs. Matilda; The True History of Australia’s Northern Frontier is the play about a radio-play, set in a 1930s radio station in country New South Whales. Everything has fallen apart for the station’s owner, Maxwell Wells, who must organise his cast of actors in time for the morning program: an adventure loosely based on true events. Each of his seven actors/musicians have to play multiple characters, instruments and sound effects.

Mr Wells’s ‘loosely true’ radio play is an epic in itself: A cyclone sweeps through Palmerston and Port Darwin. Mysterious strangers arrive, peddling healing elixirs and mystic oddities from foreign lands. The market troupe of damned souls exists only within the eye of the storm. Local punters fall under their charms and the community is polarised as Matilda’s kissing booth opens—when they lean in to kiss, she suspiciously holds a dagger to each man’s heart – impeding their advances. Enter a new stranger, experienced in debunking charlatans and psychic swindlers. Will he get the girl or a dagger in the heart?

Featuring true Australian pioneers such as Inspector Foelsche, Boroloola hermit Roger Jose, and mining giant Ping Que.

Darwin vs Matilda: behind the scenes from Verb Studios on Vimeo.

Videos produced by Verb Studios

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A short excerpt of the video installations set up for the ORIGINS project, a large scale public performance project celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Origin Of The Species’ as part of the Darwin200 global events calendar.

Produced by Corrugated Iron Youth Arts

Directed by Alex Ben Mayor

Video installations and live VJ projections: Tim Parish – Verb Studios

Video assistant: Sam Hoffmann

AFLOAT > theatre & documentary project

AFLOAT is a heartwarming documentary following the workshops and creative development of a theater project with special needs actors. Based on themes of memories and water, the final performance was performed at the Darwin Festival 2009.

Filmed, Directed and edited by Timothy Parish

Produced by Arts Access Darwin

Verb Studios 2010