World Premiere

Number 16 - Work in Progress Showing

Theatre / Performance
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The world's oldest recorded spider died in WA's wheatbelt in 2018 from a wasp sting. She was 43 years old. Her name was Number 16. News of her travelled all over the world and was featured in The Washington Post, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, CNN and TIME. This is the story of her life, and last few days. A one-woman show from the point of view of the spider, starring Andrea Gibbs (8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography) and written by Finn O'Branagain (The Epic, Medusa, Selkie).

The spider lived in the same burrow her whole life within a few meters of her mother's burrow. She would have had a mate who wandered from his burrow to find her, mate, and die. She would have raised her hatchling in her own burrow, sealing them in for protection until they were ready to leave her.

Presented by:
Finn O'Branagáin

A 2012 graduate from NIDA’s Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting), Finn’s work has been presented nationally at The Women in Theatre and Screen's Festival Fatale, The World Theatre Festival, ATYP, Metro Arts, JUTE theatre and Mudlark Theatre Company, and the Nightwords festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Recent works include writing 'Medusa' at The Blue Room Theatre, co-writing ‘You Know We Belong Together’ for DADAA, Black Swan Theatre Company and the Perth Festival 2018. Award-nominated for ‘Interrupting a Crisis' which she directed and dramaturged for Ribs at The Blue Room Theatre, Bondi Feast and Subiaco Arts Festival. With Ten Tonne Sparrow: 'Tamagotchi Reset and Other Doomsdays' at The Blue Room,'The Epic' which has just returned from a national tour.

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The Common Room at Paper Mountain

267 William Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003


The Common Room at Paper Mountain

267 William Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003

All ages venue

Content Warnings

Age Suitability: All (General)

Coarse Language: Occasional

Other Warnings:

Depicts Violence


Kleenheat Sizzle Factor

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