La Mama

The Butterfly Nebula

A winged elegy stretching from the deep blue to deep space.

Performing Arts Guide

Event Details


Performing Arts Guide

Event Starts

Jul 5, 2022

Event Ends

Jul 10, 2022


La Mama HQ


205 Faraday Street, Carlton VIC, Australia

A winged elegy stretching from the deep blue to deep space.

Another deeply personal story from the creator of 2017/18’s Bipolar Karaoke, The Butterfly Nebula is the imprint left on the universe after a catastrophic event. Using fairy tale, sci fi, pen and ink illustration and anime drawing projections and live music The Butterfly Nebula tells hidden stories of creativity, mental illness, tragedy and becoming in an elegy for one long lost.

Barakat’s performance is at times funny, tragic and deeply moving.‘ – Review of Bipolar Karaoke by Kathryn Keeble

Content Warning: mental illness and death by fatal accident

Written and directed by Spescha Barakat 

Performed by Spescha Barakat 

Red Giant (band) Kirsty Letts, Melissa Letts, Daniel Zugna, Erica Pringle 

Sound Design/AV Gemma Horbury 

Lighting Designer Bronwyn Pringle 

Stage Manager Emma Fox Anime 

Drawings (projections) by Melissa Letts

Pen and Ink Illustrations (projections) by Spescha Barakat

Image by Darren Gill

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