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My name is JOHN-PAUL HUSSEY and I am a Melbourne based performance artist, writer, director and installation artist. I do a wide range of work from theatre, special events, MCing to performance art installations. My main focus though, is with text  based storytelling through live performance with a multitude of characters and interconnecting narratives. All of my projects are supported by a strong emphasis in design through imagery, costume and multimedia. Enjoy!


“…trips the light fantastic between autobiography and surreal imagination…Hussey is a hypnotic performer, with a daunting arsenal of characters, accents and high-octane physical comedy at his disposal…”

– The Age

“Hussey is a human dynamo!…a consummate comic character actor with a rubber face and a compact build that allows him to glide and prance around the stage like a dancer…his comic timing is impeccable as he switches physicality and accents.”

– Herald Sun


“…a densely layered chunk of performance blending hilarious autobiography, lyrical fiction, speculative philosophy, psychoanalytical symbolism, pop and high culture references with cheap clowning…it will be on your back for some time to come.”

 – Sunday Age


“John-Paul Hussey is a man between men. He is the social lubricant, the provocateur, the naughty boy, the tender listener, artistic collaborator and party starter. His characters are detailed, rich and immersive. The Adelaide Festival has thoroughly enjoyed their engagement of John-Paul and commend other employers to do the same.”

Ross Ganf
Festival Club Creative Director
Adelaide Festival Corporation


Santiago de Compostela. NW Spain.

Where it rains pretty well everyday, because it is situated in high country, that is lashed continuously by the Atlantic.

It is considered to be the 2nd most holy site in Christianity.
It is also called Witch Country.

The Galicians, the locals there, are originally a Cletic people. They look like moody wood elves. Put them in black t-shirts and jeans and they can resemble anarchistic punks who build strange trucks in forests.

When I was there, I imagined there was a secret cult of monks who were famous for suspending themselves upside down from the ceiling, while they meditated. They were also known for having designed a very special piece of Naval technology that made Spanish ships sail faster.

It was called the Solipsis. A small wooden device with a unique filter carved into it. Similar to a wooden whistle, but when water is passed through it, rather than air, the water was turbo charged by the power of three. Line these devices up in a row, along the hull of a ship, and it was the equivalent to having an underwater motor.

Because the monks had worked out while chanting certain words repeatedly, they would generate immense physical power.
Particularly the word: solipsis. And the wooden carving generated the shape and sound of that word.

Amazing! If it worked. And Im sure the Sail Industry, of the time, would have found a way to discredit it or sent a dark creature to suffocate those monks in their beds.

Now, that figment of my imagination happened a long time ago. I was trying to be a Novelist. I quickly abandoned it as being a little too fanciful. A month later, I was directing an all woman circus in a forest in the South of France, and discovered something else.

I thought I might share this little story because of all this damp weather we’ve been having. Because Galicia always reminds me of the element of water, in all its capacities.



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