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1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Matthew Adey


Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Projection and multi-media Design, Space Design, Lighting Design

Design Statement

MONO- is a visually dynamic performance installation, drawing on themes of horror, tragedy and comedy inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's Berenice. At the outset, the audience were released into “Plant 4” of the now defunct Clipsal Factory site in Adelaide to experience a thrashing of surreal vignettes saturated in primary colours, intended to shock and tantalise the crowd into a hypnotic frenzy.
MONO- was the debut performance devised by the House of Vnholy ensemble. The intention was to create a performance driven by the desire of aesthetic and scenography using contemporary technical aspects. MONO- was a site specific work, designed in response to a disused electrical accessories factory in the west-end of the South Australian capital city, Adelaide.
MONO- was a glacial paced meditation on themes of obsession and desire with its formalist aesthetic rooted in the foundation of its creation.


Matthew Adey

Matthew Adey is a VCA graduate and Green Room Award nominated theatre designer born in Adelaide and based in Melbourne. Adey leads the experimental theatre ensemble House of Vnholy (pronounced Unholy). HOV create performance works that interrogate the contemporary theatrical experience. A highly experimental ensemble, HOV focuses on a performative experience that is a tension between an uncomfortable encounter, a psychodrama among audience, performer and object through meditation. HOV has created several projects including MONO-, Homme and The Spectre of Death.
Adey’s design collaborations in theatre include Ground Control by Rachel Perks, They Saw A Thylacine with Malthouse Theatre, MKA’s Double Feature at Neon MTC, Red Stitch’s Grounded, We Get It & The Motion of Light on Water by Elbow Room. Adey’s design collaborations in contemporary dance include Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab, Shian Law’s Personal Mythologies and Body Obscure Object, Atlanta Eke’s Body of Work and Miss Universal, Natalie Abbott’s MAXIMUM, Melanie Lane’s Re-Make & MERGE, Luke George and Daniel Kok’s BUNNY, Rebecca Jensen’s Pose Band and EXPLORER. Adey’s stage designs have toured intensely in Australia and abroad including New York, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin.

Email Address: info@houseofvnholy.com

Theatre Company House of Vnholy

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-02-20

The Premiere Space of Production Plant 4 - Clipsal Factory, Bowden, Adelaide

Author House of Vnholy

Director/ Choreographer Matthew Adey

Set Designer Matthew Adey

Lighting Designer Matthew Adey

Costume Designer Nick McKinnon

Sound Designer Robert Jordan

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Matthew Adey & Andre Vanderwert