Patrick Logan is one of Queensland’s most notorious legends. Captain of the Moreton Bay penal colony from 1826 to his mysterious demise in 1830, he was reputed to be a cruel, unrelenting and adventurous man. While the convicts hated his harsh methods, and the Aboriginals may have murdered the Captain, it is certain that despite his malicious nature, Patrick Logan was one of the most prolific figures of Queensland’s history and development. 

However like most celebrities his prestige does not want for mystery. Logan had a wife and two children. While Daniel Santangeli’s performance ‘The Logan Project’ is set during Logan’s lifetime, it is evident that Santangeli is much more interested in the family itself, and what it must have been like to be the child or wife of the most hated and powerful man of their time.

‘The Logan Project’ is a collaboratively devised performance, directed by QUT Honours student Daniel Santangeli. For something that you expect is going to be a historical enquiry into Logan’s life, it launched the audience not into the past, but into another world entirely. This world is like being in someone else’s dream. Daniel Santangeli asserts that ‘The facts are too few and unreliable to create a piece of historically accurate theatre. This is a remembering.’ (Santangeli 2007, Director’s Notes) Certainly, ‘The Logan Project’ is no historical insight into Moreton Bay’s infamous Captain.

Most of the time, it is not even the dreams or memories of Patrick Logan that the audience witnesses. Throughout the performance, the three performers (and one stage-hand come prop-person) play multiple characters within multiple times and places. Generally, they play Logan’s wife and two children, Robert and Leticia

It is a difficult performance to watch. The audience is confronted with graphic and highly confusing scenes, pieced together in random sequences and often overlapping each other. The director often makes use of repetition, abstraction and alienation throughout the piece. The music is a distorted hum that lies beneath the action, and film footage of the character of Logan is projected at various times throughout the performance onto multiple surfaces. The highly disjointed and multiple nature of the performance makes for an ambiguous, surreal rambling of mysteries and memories.

You cannot reach any form of understanding in this performance – at least, it will not be fed to you, and you must try to piece together some understanding for yourself. It is an extremely intellectual form of performance; the type that many would dismiss as elitist or pretentious. I myself am not sure I understood it. But therein perhaps lies the performance’s greatest strength. ‘The Logan Project’ does not seek to conform to one’s idea of theatre or history. This is a remembering. And like memories, it depends on the person’s own perception to create an understanding.

‘The Logan Project’ is like getting lost in a fog, and every now and then you see a light and walk towards it, thinking you’re about to discover where you are. But then the light snuffs out, and you are back to where you started, with yet another dim light in the distance. It is not a performance that will please many, but for those few who are willing to be completely confused for an entire evening, then you will enjoy the ride.

The Logan Project

The Woodward Theatre, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus
Date/Time: Thursday 30th August 7pm
Friday 31st August 1:30pm and 7pm
Saturday 1st September 7pm
Tickets: Free Entry
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