When the Human Engine Waits in St. Kilda

We are bringing our Midsumma hit When the Human Engine Waits back this winter for one night only! When the Human Engine Waits is a free public artwork in collaboration with Projection Artist Yandell Walton.

WHEN: 24 June 2023, sunset – 9pm (the performance is ongoing so drop by any time)
WHERE: O’Donnell Gardens, St. Kilda (outside Luna Park)
TIX: No need to book! It’s FREE!
ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible. The performance is movement, projections, and cello music. There is no spoken text. There is a moment where the audience is invited to interact with the projections, this moment is optional. The performance takes place outside, in O’Donnell. Audience are invited to stand or sit on the ground (rugs provided) to view the work which lasts 12 minutes. 

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
Technical Manager – Justin Gardam
Images by – Darren Gill


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.


Rawcus is supported by Creative Victoria, The City of Port Phillip, and the Shulu Foundation. This production is made possible by the Palais Theatre. When the Human Engine Waits was originally commissioned by Midsumma Festival supported by City of Melbourne.