From 29 November to 9 December the suburban arcade of Watton Plaza in Werribee will be transformed into RED ARCADE, a dream-like world filled with curious characters, live performances, a pop-up gallery and unexpected spaces.

RED ARCADE has been created specifically for Watton Plaza by leading creatives Neil Thomas and David Wells, who have worked together for over thirty years including performances at events including the Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Melbourne Festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival amongst others.

Their Urban Dream Capsule, which premiered in the Myer windows at the 1996 Melbourne Festival, was a durational installation performance which went on to be presented between 1996 and 2006 at a variety of international festivals and won numerous international awards.

“RED ARCADE will be an immersive environment that people step into and forget themselves. From the everyday into the extraordinary, the arcade will be transformed into a new world bathed in light and sound and fantastic imagery. It’s a holiday in our own backyard and Werribee’s finest folk, fable and fiction will be on display,” explained creators Neil Thomas and David Wells.

“Neil and David are national arts treasures. From their work on the Urban Dream Capsule in the Myer windows which changed the landscape of installation performance in Australia, to their most recent artist in public places residency at Arts Centre Melbourne, they always create brilliant interventions that truly break the mould,” said Donna Aston, Coordinator of Arts, Culture & Events Wyndham City Council and former Head of Operations Melbourne International Arts Festival and Chunky Move.

Visit for program details or for further information on other projects by Neil Thomas and David Wells.


Watton Plaza (28 Watton St Werribee)

29 November to 9 December

A FREE event