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‘The Dream Thief’ – Now on Vimeo!

A digital copy of our 2014 show…

Obviously no where near as good as it was to see live (or to perform for that matter) but still pretty cool ūüėÄ

Cheers to Mr Darley

Where does all this come from?

I’ve seen a lot of Theatre, starting with “The Sound of Music” in 1962 in London on the West End. Aged 5. I loved it. I can’t stand Musicals now….

I’ve read an extraordinary amount. We didn’t have a TV [my father’s choice] til I was 16. The year colour TV was introduced, anyway…. Mostly but not exclusively Science Fiction, beginning with Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Andre Norton, et al. Call it Speculative Fiction now…. Hundreds of Authors. Thousands and thousands of books. Fortunately I am blessed with the ability to read very quickly

Film has been a big influence too at least from the time I was allowed to go on my own… About 10?? 2001 ¬†a Space Odyssey came out when I twelve. That was a blast… But then again “Woodstock” the movie came out at the end of that year and REALLY did my head in…

Direct ancestors for “The Ruins….” are Phillip K Dick [MOST of everything he wrote I think] but especially ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ which became ‘Blade Runner’… Still the only futuristic film Pam can/will watch…
Every single thing William Gibson ever wrote. Thank goodness he hasn’t stopped yet.

‘The Painted Bird’, by Jerzy Kosinski. That book damaged me.

But mostly it comes from being around young people and their ‘what if…?’ brains.


Walk a mile: Bloody ’em up (2/3)

In my last post, I described how to make your boots look hella old and really well-worn. Except down in the lowers of society, you might run into the odd altercation which may end in someone bleeding all over the place and your boots are a place!

So this is a tutorial on how to make and apply blood to your crab-people-underground boots.


  • Boots that you wanna bloody up
  • A picture reference for the blood colour you want
  • A smallish container
  • White PVA glue
  • Water
  • Acrylic Paint (Browns, Reds and black. Unless you’re doing alien blood then go with whatever crazy colour you want ūüėÄ )
  • A mixer (this could be as low-tech as a stick or something more battery operated like a hand-held mixer)
  • Syringes (no needles required)
  • A dropsheet or similar (seriously, you don’t wanna get paint everywhere)
  • (optional) a tray and some small plastic bags


  1. Put down your dropsheet on wherever you’re working
  2. Pour some PVA glue and water into the container and mix until a not thin but not thick consistency. Make as much as you think you’ll need


3. Think of how old the blood is going to be. In our case, the blood was older than 48 hours. For you, it may be different. Add paint to the water/PVA mixture and stir. Remember, you can always add paint, but you can’t take away.


(Picture reference of the change of blood colour with age // source: google image search of ‘old blood’)

4. When you’re happy with the hue, step up your boots for splattering. Fill your syringes with the mixture. Go. To. Town. (tumblr post on blood splatter patterns for inspo/info)

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5. (Optional) If you want blood on the soles of the shoes, take a tray, put it inside a smallish plastic bag and top with paint. Then, either with your hand or foot in the shoe (or both if you can manage it) step it in the “blood”. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†DSCF8411

6. Leave boots to air dry for about 3-4 hours outside on a nice day, overnight when it’s colders. Store leftover paint in an appropriate and well marked container. Do not leave in the fridge.

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7. Done~ (except maybe not)

So your stompers are bloodied up and are telling EVERYONE you are not a lower to be messed with. But they don’t look like you’ve been actively avoiding every pile of offal and dirt that is lying around. Which isn’t very plausible…

The last step in this series is coming tomorrow so keep an eye out for that.

Leave a comment if this was useful and thank you for reading ūüôā

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Walk a mile: Scuff ’em up (1/3)

At the end of Thursday Scissors last week, Mr T asked (the Den-izen’s in particular) to find their¬†footwear for the performance; hopefully grunge-y old boots and the like that would be typical of those in the lower caste of a dystopian society.

In this case I was rather lucky. Late last year, I had responded to an offer of a pair of old boots that a friend of mine had previously used for a cosplay. They were worn and multiple sizes to big for me but I wanted them. Didn’t know why at the time. I guess the Universe was speaking to me.

The boots then looked like this;

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Pretty good but not good enough. They didn’t looked lived in or dirtied or bloodied or anything. They looked like typical workboots.

Not if I had anything to do with it.

So while everyone else in Adelaide probably settled themselves in for a nice long weekend, I got up early, presented the boots to my father and asked, “How do trash these?”

To the mancave!


  • Boots to¬†grungify
  • a D-Clamp
  • Block of wood
  • A tin scribe
  • Boxcutter and/or Hacksaw (depending on the hardiness of your boots and the types of cuts you want to make)
  • Sandpaper and/or a work-wheel/angle grinder+flap-disc (again, depending on the hardiness of your boots you may only need some wet and dry sandpaper or you may need to scrap them with a machine within an inch of their smelly life. Just depends.)
  • Pliers
  • Safety equipment (Safety specs, respirator and ear muffs are pretty standard)
  • “New” laces (anything long enough to lace your boots with and will fit through the eyelets/holes. Wire, string, thin rope, cord…you get the idea)


  1. Find your pair of boots. The more dilapidated they all ready are the better. Good boot scouting locations include op-shops or army surplus stores. Don’t buy¬†anything over $10-15
  2. Remove the laces so they won’t get caught in any tools or machinery. With a tin scribe, make small scratches and pocks in the leather to add some texture. Go against the grain of the leather to make them more obvious. They are more likely to be closer to the sole of the boot.


3.  Take a box cutter to the edge of the soles to make them worn down and uneven.  Secure the boot to a bench top with a wood block (this goes inside the shoe) and a D-clamp. Take the box-cutter again, this time to the leather to make cuts and rips.

Stabbin boots

4. If you find the¬†box cutter’s incisions were a tad too clean, use a hacksaw.

Sawing Boots

NOTE: When using sharp slice-y tools, aim away from yourself and be thoughtful and mindful as you work. You don’t want real blood on your footwear.

5. Use sandpaper/a work wheel or angle grinder and flap disc to wear down the leather in places and smooth out the cuts in the sole made with the box cutter. When used on the toe of these boots, it exposed the steel cap (super grunge).

NOTE: While the work wheel I used only¬†specified¬†wearing¬†eye protection, I wore ear protection (mostly while I was in the workshop because it was loud and it echoed) and mouth protection (you don’t want tiny leather bits in your mouth. Esp. if you’re a vegetarian like me. Also the smoke that comes from working the sole is gross and not really good for you)

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6. With the pliers,¬†remove a few of the lace¬†eyelets¬†(This is optional).¬†Find your “new” laces of choice.¬†Lace the boots however you want. (Here’s a website). As you’re relacing the boots, thread a couple of the¬†removed eyelets onto the lace as though it had come out on the string.


7. Done! (except maybe not)

Depending on how you need/want your boots to look, you may need to add some additional steps and as you ¬†could tell from the title, this is only part 1 of banging up¬†your boots. I’ll be adding parts 2 and 3 later today/tomorrow so keep a look out for those if you wanna dirty up your dystopian kicks.

Leave a comment if this was helpful. Thanks for reading.

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