2024 Subscription Season
Mona Foma
Mona Foma presents


Justin Shoulder
15 - 17 Feb 2024 (4 performances)
Thu 15 Feb 2024 7:30 pm
Fri 16 Feb 2024 7:30 pm
Sat 17 Feb 2024 2:00 pm
Sat 17 Feb 2024 10:00 pm
Studio Theatre

World Premiere

ANITO transports audiences to a simultaneously ancient and futuristic place out of time. Fig trees heaving with ripe fruit harbour mythical creatures both beautiful and terrifying. Seasons change and fertile new life bubbles into existence. 

In this world premiere performance, Justin Shoulder and their collective of artists with deep roots in underground, queer and diasporic club scenes conjure lush ecosystems sculpted by the opposing forces of terror and beauty. 

Merging installation, visual arts, theatre and dance, ANITO’s world blurs boundaries between human, machine, animal and plant to question the definition of life itself. 

Made in collaboration with Matthew Stegh, Corin Ileto, Fausto Brusamolino, Victoria Hunt & Eugene Choi, Anthony Aitch, Brenda Lam and Luna Aquatica.

Tactile Tours
Saturday 17 Feb 2024
12.30pm - 1pm - SOLD OUT
1.10pm - 1.45pm - places available but you must call the Theatre Royal Box Office and book an Audio Described show ticket to register for this particular Tactile Tour - (03) 6146 3300.
Registration is essential for our Tactile Tours.
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Audio described performance
The Saturday matinee performance will be audio described.
To book an audio described performance, please call our Box Office directly on (03) 6146 3300.
Learn more about our Audio Described Tours here

Special up-late show
Saturday 17 Feb 2024
Level 4, The Hedberg
Join us for pre and post-show dancing and drinks
9pm - 10pm Pre-show DJ and drinks
10pm - 11pm ANITO
11pm - 12pm Post-show DJ Corin Ileto and drinks

...an undeniable joy and promise of alternative futures

Australian Arts Review (on Justin Shoulder’s work, AEON†: TITAN ARUM) 

Directed, performed and co-conceived | Justin Talplacido Shoulder 
Production design | Matthew Stegh and Justin Talplacido Shoulder 
Sound design and live score | Corin Ileto
Performer and co-generator | Eugene Choi 
Figment persona costume designer | Anthony Aitch and Justin Talplacido Shoulder
Mentor and collaborator | Victoria Hunt 
Lighting / vision design | Fausto Brusmolino
Costume design technicians | Brenda Lam, Luna Aquatica 
Produced by Jason Cross at Insite Arts

A variety of black funding logos associated with the project ANITO by Justin Shoulder
Produced by Insite Arts with support from RISE Fund, Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW.

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 RISING, Sydney Festival and Mona Foma.


Full $50 | Concession $40
Thu 15 Feb (Preview) - all tickets $40

Limited 30 Under 30 / Industry Allies / Student Members $30 (Limited tickets for Preview show only)
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*all bookings will incur a $5 transaction fee


60 mins (no interval) 

Patrons' Advice
  • Recommended for ages 12+   
  • Nudity, bright and moving lights and loud sounds.    
  • No babes in arms.  
  • Latecomers will not be admitted into the theatre after the show starts.  

For wheelchair and accessible seating enquiries, please contact our box office on (03) 6146 3300 or boxoffice@theatreroyal.com.au