The X Gene is a theatre company from Melbourne. We create fun scifi, horror and fantasy that plays with gender, and brings our background of cinema to the stage. Our work is underpinned by a social mission to represent the underrepresented in script, cast and crew.

Current Show

Night Terrors with Caitlin holding a jar with a heart and eye in its centre

Night Terrors 2018 BOOK NOW

You’re entering the darkest of nights; where strange sounds pervade the air, empty halls reek of decay and something in the shadows is watching. Four classic tales of literary terror are brought together in this atmospheric and intimate one-woman performance.

Starring Caitlin Mathieson
Created by Stefan Taylor
Directed by Simon J Green
Production Design by Jaz Wickson

Venue: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde Street, Footscray VIC
Dates and Time: Sept 14-16, 20, 21, 23, 25-30. Thu-Sat 9pm. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm.
Tickets: Full $27 / Conc $23 / Groups (4+) $23.00
Bookings: online via Melbourne Fringe or at the door.

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In The Tell-tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, a woman commits murder but is driven mad by guilt. In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a woman confined to her room becomes sure a crone lives behind the ugly wallpaper. In The Keepsake by contemporary Tasmanian writer Briony Kidd, a mother curses her family with a portrait of her daughters, one alive, one dead. In The Open Window by Saki, a girl tells her nervous visitor about the anniversary of a hunting party’s untimely deaths.

Night Terrors is a storytelling theatre format created by performer Stefan Taylor. After two critically-acclaimed seasons at Melbourne Fringe, Stefan and director Simon J Green are handing the reins over to rising star Caitlin Mathieson (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Vic Theatre Company).

Night Terrors dates Sept 14-16, 20, 21, 23, 25-30. Thu-Sat 9pm. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm.
Supported by Melbourne Fringe, Maribyrnong Festival City, Maribyrnong City Council, Arts and Culture

Past Shows

Media Highlights

“The audience was breathless”
– The Age

“Utterly inspired…miss it at your peril!”
– Arts Hub

“An excellent hour of creepy tales.”
– issimo magazine

“BULLET is uniformly strong… the script is so tight and neat that it’s quite difficult to poke holes in pacing or tone… Sound effects, designed by Risk Sound, were excellent, and bang on cue every time. It’s a solid show.”

“Having witnessed Bullet at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I have no doubt this show will be a hit on radio.”
– Post-Comedy Festival Profile of the Producers, AussieTheatre

“They all easily evoke the situation with their voices but the stand-outs are Simon
Morrison-Baldwin as the narrator and Andi Snelling as the Russian-accented baddie Dostoyana Ursine.”
– Herald Sun Comedy Festival Review

“Bullet pulls off an impressive feat by combining all the best comic book cheesiness that a mainstream audience understands with some innovative storytelling.”
– Katherine Phelps

“The six voice actors are unanimously brilliant. Each plays many characters and slips between voices with precision and clarity. They are vocally dextrous and pull off each manoeuvre without a hitch.”
– University of Melbourne Farrago Magazine

“I’ve compiled my picks for a literary Fringe experience. Featuring top-notch writing… these are the ‘MFringe’ events that will interest those with a love of literature: Celebrating the re-emerging genre of radio plays, SJ Green and S Fabri present this live reading of six episodes of their superhero comedy.”
– The Wheeler Centre

“Doing his research, Green realised the majority of radio play production in Australia was at the more serious high-brow end and there was a real shortage of good, noisy fun on offer.”
– Brimbank Weekly

“This show strikes the chords of the comic-book genre brilliantly. It needs to be serialised… hell, I would tune in avidly. Four stars.”
– Melbourne Fringe Review

“Indeed, the witty writing is any voice actor’s gift and the comic timing is, on the whole, sharp,”
– Weekend Notes

Other Formats

In our previous life, The X Gene produced video and virtual reality. For a little extra flavour, check out our work below.

Boy holding a VR headset

Virtual Reality

Bloody rags and meat

Digital Shorts

A 3D space station from an RMIT video