Tricked, sold, used and broken. Toys delves into the dark shadows of sex trafficking where children are products stripped to the core. Mixing dance, theatre and film, Toys captures the chilling cycles of abuse, exchange and sexual corruption in which playthings worldwide are entrapped. Wind them up until they break down…

Toys is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning performance piece exposing the insidious and growing trade of sex trafficking. Winning 3 awards and 7 nominations at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Toys has received rave reviews from critics and audiences in LA and Australia. 

Tickets for Toys upcoming encore performances are available at: http://hff17.com/4627

THE KEY CREATIVE TEAM:

CHRISTINA EVANS Creator/Director/Producer/Performer
Christina Evans is a LA-based Australian performing artist and actress who creates and performs multi-faceted creative works, primarily focussed on issues of our time. ‘Toys’ was previously performed across Australia, including a sell-out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2010 she was selected by the Australian Government to receive an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, spending time with scientists in Antarctica researching Antarctic ice and climate change. From this spectacular experience she developed dance works ‘Polarity’ and ‘Body of Ice’, presented at the Australian National University's 'Antarctica' Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and the ‘Art and Antarctica’ Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Christina collaborated with Oxfam Australia to present 'Made In Australia', a dance work on sweatshop labor, which developed into a film that was a Best Dance Film finalist at the Australian Dance Awards. She performed internationally with Melbourne-based Tony Yap Company for two years, immersed in Butoh and site specific dance. Her screen credits include ‘That Sugar Film’, a smash-hit documentary that explores the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. Christina spent most of her childhood performing and is a graduate of the renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. www.christina-evans.com

SASHA DYLAN BELL Film Projection
Sasha Dylan Bell is an Emmy award-nominated filmmaker, known for his background in editing. In addition to cutting hundreds of short form projects & television series, Sasha has also edited features including Legacy, starring Peter Stormare (Fargo), The Rendezvous, starring Stana Katic (Castle), Blackmail, starring Taryn Manning (Orange Is The New Black) and Face To Face, directed by Michael Rymer (American Horror Story). Sasha has been nominated with a Daytime Emmy, along with two Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) awards, along with several other award nominations and wins. Sasha has collaborated with Christina Evans on several projects including ‘Body of Ice’, ‘Elements’ and ‘Toys’. www.sashadylanbell.com 

TOBIAS WILKINS Sound/Voiceover
Tobias Wilkins has been writing soundtracks for theatre and film since 2002. He has worked as a performer, director, writer and producer in theatre and education since graduating with a BA [Acting for Screen and Stage] in 2006. He first worked with Christina Evans in 2008 on the debut performance of “Toys”. Tobias completed his Masters of Teaching [Media and Drama] – Specialising in the teaching of Shakespeare with the University of Melbourne in 2012, and is currently undertaking his Doctorate towards the teaching of Shakespeare in high schools. Tobias’ day job is as the head of Drama, Media and Music at Box Hill High School in Melbourne. When Tobias has a free moment he records and performs as independent artist “Tobias Whisky”. http://soundcloud.com/tobias-whisky