1 Jun 2022

Legs On the Wall


We're so excited to share this.

Legs On The Wall in collaboration with Dead Puppet Society are premiering a groundbreaking new work at Brisbane Festival 2022.


Set against the epic violence of the Trojan War, Holding Achilles by David Mortonis a refreshing take on one of the ancient world’s best-known heroes, and his relationship with Patroclus, his not so well-known lover.


This breathtaking new production reclaims the queer aspects of The Iliad. Set to a haunting new score performed live by Montaigne, composed with Tony Buchen and Chris Bear, this innovative new work blends heightened physicality and visual storytelling with an ensemble cast to weave a legend of mythic proportions.


As a young exile taken in by Achilles’ father, Patroclus faces hostility from the young hero until they are thrust together to train under the centaur Chiron, and the two form an unlikely friendship. As Achilles doggedly seeks to fulfil his mother’s prophecy to become a legend, their relationship becomes something more. But war with Troy is brewing, and the two young men find themselves caught between their hopes for a future together and the brutal realities of the world that faces them.


Leading the cast are Stephen Madsen and Karl Richmond as lovers Achilles and Patroclus, with Ellen BailyJohn BatchelorLauren JacksonThomas LarkinNic PriorChristy Tran and Jennifer Vuletic completing the ensemble.

A tale of trials, grief and love - Holding Achilles is an epic tale about a fearless bond forged in the toughest of times.


Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival present

Dead Puppet Society and Legs On The Wall's


by David Morton

29 August - 10 September 2022

Playhouse, QPAC, South Bank, Queensland

Our exclusive presale is available until 9am Monday 6 June when tickets go on sale to the general public so snap up your tickets now!!

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Glass Half Full Productions together with Bristol Old Vic and Northampton Royal and Derngate in the UK.
📷: Joel Devereux | 🎨: Jacob Brewer
Legs On The Wall acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we regularly work on -
the Wangal and the Gadigal peoples of the Eora Nation - and the traditional
custodians of the lands on which we live and tour.
Legs On The Wall is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW