When the Human Engine Waits by Rawcus with Yandell Walton

Image by Pia Johnson

In When the Human Engine Waits projection, performers and cello collide to reveal the secret thoughts of everyday pedestrians

When the Human Engine Waits by Rawcus with Yandell Walton is part of Midsumma X Ignite Melbourne program.

The woman biting her nails. The security guard. The man with grocery bags. The teenager on their way to the party. When the Human Engine Waits is a deep dive into the fantasies of everyday people encountered on the street: The things unsaid, the actions untaken, the memories that lurk, the joys bottled up are explored through visual metaphor and movement. Award winning theatre company Rawcus collaborate with renowned projection artist Yandell Walton to bring you a new live art work performed on Melbourne’s streets at night. Set to a score played by a live cellist, three performers explode their secret thoughts into existence through projection art. Audience are invited to interact with the projections, putting themselves in the place of the protagonist, their inner worlds turned larger than life.

Rawcus is a critically acclaimed long term ensemble of 12 performers with diverse minds, bodies and imaginations. For over 22 years, the company has been creating audacious performances and arts experiences.

Yandell Walton is a contemporary artist whose work encompasses projection, installation, and interactive digital media. Yandell’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and non-traditional public spaces.


  • Audio Visual Artist/Co-creator- Yandell Walton
  • Director/Co-creator - Katrina Cornwell
  • Dramaturg/Co-creator - Morgan Rose
  • Performers-Co-creators - Nilgun Guven, Mike McEvoy & Ryan New
  • Cellist/Co-creator - Campbell Banks

Rawcus receives organisational support from the Victorian State Government's Creative Victoria Creative Enterprises Program, the City of Port Phillip's Key Arts Organisation Program and the Shulu Foundation.

Midsumma x Ignite Melbourne has been supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

This event is supported by Program Partner, State Library Victoria.


Event & ticketing details


Vision Rating 100%
Wheelchair Access
English No Barrier

Dates & Times

WHEN 3-4 Feb | Fri-Sat 8.30-10pm


FREE No ticket required


State Library Victoria - Forecourt

328 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

Get directions


Melbourne Central


Any Swanston St tram to stop 8

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