Saturday, May 16th, 2015

A CLASSIC cult movie from the late 1950s is being brought to life as a stage production this May and June.

Presented by Dark Psychic Productions at Phoenix Theatre, the 1959 comedy horror film A Bucket of Blood has been adapted for the stage by Mitch Brian as The Temperamental Artist.

It follows Walter Paisley, a bus boy at a beatnik café, who dreams of being an artist. After accidentally killing his landlady’s cat, he covers it with clay and passes it off as sculpture and suddenly finds himself an overnight success.

Walter feels the pressure to produce more work and, as the police close in and the murders escalate, he zeroes in on the girl he loves, determined to make her his wife – or next sculpture.

“The show has a Sweeney Todd-Little Shop Of Horrors feel with a film noir effect, which I’m calling stage noir,” director Shaun Griffin said.

“That may be something of a challenge for me, as well as the fact the script is set out for film rather than stage.

“This is also the first full-length show I’ve directed predominantly on my own, although I have an assistant director.”

First performing with Rockingham Theatre as a 13-year-old, Griffin appeared in a variety of productions over seven years before spending six years with Kwinana Theatre.

He first acted at Phoenix Theatre in Pass The Butler and has performed in several shows in the past six years.

The Temperamental Artist appealed to Griffin because it's different to anything else he’s seen or read.

“The script is somewhat intricate but it's a lot of fun and the cast have been working very hard,” he said.

The Temperamental Artist plays at 8pm May 28, 29, 30, June 4 and 5 with 2pm matinees May 31 and June 6. Tickets are $20, $18 concession plus transaction fees – book at  or on 0422 394 749. Raffle and program sales go to the Autism Association of WA.

Please note: the show contains adult themes, stylised violence and haze and flashing lighting effects.

Phoenix Theatre is located at 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, within the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.



temperamental1: Walter Paisley (Zack Inglis) shows Mrs Swikert (Devetta Ridgwell) that “suffering for your art” means something entirely different in The Temperamental Artist. Picture:  Sally Newman

temperamental2:  Mr Hughes (Pat McMahon, left), Carla (Maree Andersen), Sylvia (Bethsaida Tapsall and Alice (Katrina Murphy) in The Temperamental Artist.  Picture:  Sally Newman

temperamental3: Alice (Katrina Murphy) gets into a spot of bother with Al (John Gray, left) and Lou (Adrian Archer) in The Temperamental Artist.  Picture:  Sally Newman

temperamental4: The Temperamental Artist sees undercover cops Al Lacroix (John Gray, left) and Lou Raby (Adrian Archer) confront Alice (Katrina Murphy). Picture:  Sally Newman


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Dark Psychic Productions

Bringing New Ideas To Light!


Interactive LIVE theatre in Perth was dead... until now!

Dark Psychic Productions was started in 2012. Wanting to step outside the box, showcasing exciting original work and a new spin on existing ideas! 

The team, bring their skills and ideas in order to create something that is going to be remembered for not only the show but the experience that the audience receive! We encourage people to try new things and to be daring, but still remain true to themselves and the work.

With original works we combine show styles like cabaret, dinner, quiz, theater, musical, drama and improvisational and mix them with themes like pirates, horror, burlesque, magic and murder mystery. We allow the actors to be creative and the result is honest and personal for the actor and the show sometimes become completely different from the original idea but works.

We told you that we bring new ideas to light!

Shaun Griffin
P: 0423 397 892


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