Sanctum Theatre is a Melbourne-based visual performance company, presenting live art in everyday spaces since 2006. It is a lens through which monstrous apparitions are made manifest, tearing fissures in the fabric of monotony.
Sanctum Theatre has produced various plays and theatrical events, including two collaborations with Magic Lantern Studio (magiclanternstudio.com), The Man Who Cannot Sleep (White Night Melbourne & Ballarat, 2018) and Life is a Carousel (winner 2017 Green Room Award for Puppetry). In 2010 it produced the short film, the ferryman and his wife, (Melbourne Underground Film Festival, American Independent Film Festival, ACMI Mediatheque.)
Sanctum Theatre tours puppet shows and roving acts to festivals around Australia. It creates giant puppets on commission for clients such as Melbourne Museum and Moomba Festival.
It also facilitates collaborative arts projects alongside community groups and schools, creating public art, sculptural lanterns, giant puppets and picture storybooks. In 2019 it co-produced Trail of Lights with Little Projector Company, (littleprojectorcompany.com), a community-led light and lantern festival in Truganina, Melbourne.
Sanctum Theatre is based in Sanctum Studio (sanctumstudio.com.au), a dynamic new arts space in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The artistic director of Sanctum Theatre is Lachlan Plain (lachlanplain.com).