Never said Motel

Never said Motel invites audience volunteers to play the role of real-life figures in intimate conversations that have – until this point – only happened in our performers mind.

Written & Performed by Tamzen Hayes
Directed by Heidi Valkenburg
Produced by Hot Mess Productions
Images by Theresa Harrison

NSM proudly premiered at the Melbourne Writers Festival  in 2019 and will soon be featured at OK Motels with futher vacancies to be announced.

Sensory Experiments ~ NGV

Sensory Experiments is a call for change – a Manifesto for Sensory Intelligence.

Part social experiment, part philosophical inquiry and a fully immersive performance piece.

A provocative experience intended to awaken the senses.

Your emotional and physical responses will leave a digital imprint as the results of Sensory Experiments are transmitted in real time. This performance was created in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Design week.


Performance photography captured by

 Carmen Zammit for Sensory Experiments


Do you remember when we were seventeen?

I would write you poetry

folded up on lined school paper

torn from math workbooks that would have remained empty otherwise

(let’s be honest)

They were words I was too shy to share elsewhere

but craved sharing with you


You were boyish and awkward underneath all that schoolyard bravado

you seeped soft praise and told me I was special

oh, so clever

You understood me.

you were exactly as you are today

except now you drink more



I had too much energy

all crackle and whip


You understood me.

you were exactly as you are today

except now you drink more

these days I don’t write words for you

except for in my head

when I’m on the train

wondering if you ever think of me as much as I still do you


In the early hours when you’ve had a few

I hardly call anymore

Is that bad?

 I suppose, it’s because I miss you

but mostly because

I’m worried my cleverness hasn’t amounted to much at all

and your high hopes for me were in heavy vain

all these years later

I still so badly want to make you proud

You understood me.

(I wish you’d drink a little less)

h u s k 〰

To evoke is to move |  is to husk |  is to spit |  is to burry |  is to listen |  is to fight |  is to birth |  is to be ◎ here ◎ now