Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

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This award-winning show combines humour, audience interaction and dance to highlight the objectification of women in the media.

The Goddess Aphrodite travels to the 21st century. Tempted by the allure of advertising, she wholeheartedly enters into our modern world. However, she is constantly shamed by the media and society for not meeting our impossible standards of beauty. Aphrodite soon discovers love and beauty have a different meaning here.

“It will make you question how you perceive everything that appears on social media” ★★★★ Weekend Notes

Sam Donvito – Writer, Performer and Producer

Sam is a performer and theatre-maker who is passionate about creating theatre that challenges stereotypes of beauty and gender. Her experience working as a beauty therapist for many years has given her a unique perspective. In addition to completing her acting training at The Adelaide College of the Arts in 2013, Sam has also studied Playback Theatre, a socially inclusive and audience interactive theatre form. In 2015, Sam won a scholarship to study at The Centre of Playback Theatre in New York. She then completed a year-long residency at The Parks Theatre in Adelaide running workshops, rehearsals and performances. Sam incorporates aspects of Playback Theatre into her performance and theatre-making practice.

After watching a TEDx Talk by Jean Kilbourne called The Dangerous Ways Ads See Women, Sam was inspired to create a show about our cultural flaws in relation to consumerism and body image and wrote Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods. Aphrodite had a successful season at the Adelaide Fringe 2018, with sell-out shows and winning the Adelaide Festival Centre inSpace Development Award for the best new work presented by a South Australian artist.

“A great show and highly recommended for young women” ★★★★ -The Advertiser


Ellen Graham – Deviser, Performer and Co-Producer

Ellen graduated from the Adelaide College of the Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts in 2016. After graduation Ellen developed her skills in directing and producing. She worked as assistant director/producer alongside distinguished South Australian directors Corey McMahon and Yasmin Guerreeboo. As an actor and deviser Ellen has worked in children’s theatre, touring South Australia with The Book Show for Splash Theatre in 2017 and is an ongoing performer for Once Upon a Princess portraying different popular characters in staged performances and personal visits to events and hospitals.

Ellen has also embraced darker material, playing an acerbic Apemantus in Symposium Productions’ interpretation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens and will be starring in the indie-horror film Killer Love as a seductive young woman with a dangerous secret.

Ellen’s other talents include burlesque and exotic dancing.



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12-13, 15-20, 22-27 August



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