When I lost touch with the world, I realised

Swallowing the River was devised by 16 members of the 2006 St Martin’s Foundation Ensemble aged 13-17 years, after developing skills in Viewpoints, Composition and Devising for theatre with Director Julie Waddington.  Ensemble members contributed stories, poems and visual art through anonymous emails and visual postcards inspired by the online community art project PostSecret.

 Five teen hosts presented a wide range of stories inspired in style and structure by television lifestyle and opinion shows including video music clips, vox pops, and skits ‘performed’ by the ensemble.

The anonymous nature of the story collection process resulted in a frank, uncomfortable, bittersweet and hilarious roller-coaster of live performance.




St Martins is a not-for-profit organisation. An integral part of the Melbourne theatre community, St Martins has spent more than 30 years providing and resourcing hands-on performing arts experiences to Victorians aged between 5-25 years.

St Martins Mission

St Martins collaborates with young people to make theatre where transformation becomes possible.