the Collector, the Archivist & the Electrocrat
The lady is a collector. She lives in her big house. She brings home the things she likes. She wanted to have a band. She saw them and decided they were it. The band is RRAMP.
RRAMP is an electronica dance metal rock set reflecting on unexpected stories of archives, collections, pets, childhood imaginings and human frailty,
accompanied by charming and exquisitely simple stop start animations.
The Collector lives with the precious objects and curious memories that she stores in jars in the rooms of her cavernous house. She has procured two unsuspecting members to form her band… the Archivist & the Electrocrat. both help the Collector live her dream… while lending a listening ear to her stories, her musical saw and heavy metal guitar.
"It’s clever comedy, boosted further by excellent voices and superb musical accompaniment by all three performers. The music ranges from heavy rock and electronica to ethereal backings... / as refreshing as it is memorable. More than a concert but less than a play, Rramp is an engaging, bittersweet theatre of storytelling that challenges the norm and finds success at every turn." Glam Adelaide - Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013 - Reviewed by Rod Lewis
“This dark and sharp piece is visually and aurally beguiling and assaulting all at once. RRamp is exciting and grotesque. It's hard, cold, and as jagged as
broken glass; you'll be mildly grossed out and tickled by some of the black sentimentality”
“it’s eclectic performance served straight up”
“this show will definitely seduce you…with its wicked sounds and stories… a talented and tight performance… of edgy and deliciously absurd rock theatre”
Kelli Rogers, Australian Stage online
“Their collective expertise knows few, if any, bounds: they boldly delve into forms including music, dance, theatre, comedy, storytelling, new media and more; seemingly undaunted by the demands it places on them”
“the comically deadpan performances are thoroughly endearing…these stories are charming, surreal and affecting.”
“The animations only add to the sincerely homespun charm. The musicianship is practically insurpassable…”
“There’s nothing like it anywhere across the broader theatrical landscape….”
Curtain Call online 2012
“With clarity and sophisticated presentation RRAMP takes seemingly banal ideas and elevates them to unexpected stories of love and fragility.”
Lesley Graham for The Mercury
RRAMP - Full Stage Whispers review.
GlamAdelaide REVIEW in full.
Created & Performed by – Christine Johnston, Lisa O’Neill & Peter Nelson
Animation – Ahmarnya Price
Costume Designer – Selene Cochrane
Lighting Designer - David Walters
Video Production – Jen Jackson
Production Stage Manager – Leila Maraun
Photos – Sean Young
RRAMP team on tour in 2012.
L to R: Lisa O'Neill. Christine Johnston, Peter Nelson & Leila Maraun.
RRAMP - the Collector, the Archivist & the Electrocrat.
Image - Christine Johnston and Peter Nelson during performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse