James’ control of performance, voice and presence — evidence of years stomping and swaying with ZEN ZEN ZO physical theatre company has crafted James into a powerfully theatrical performer. James frequently works performing, composing and musically directing contemporary, avant-garde theatrical productions. Halloran’s dark, reflective and heart-breaking theatrical works have seen him perform and compose for physical theatre companies and independent artists, as well as nationally tour his own productions.
Theatrically, James’ compositional work has drawn on everything form traditional Weimar Cabaret to 80s Glam rock. These shows are always riveting, spectacular, camp and often subversive. His most recent theatrical venture “The Retrofuturists” saw James embody a lost time traveller from the future. This show featured a live band with a darkly eccentric sound and “ominously electrifying” vocal harmonies. Aussie Theatre praised Halloran’s “wonderful vocals” and “masterful manipulation”, while describing his song writing as “somewhat of a mix-tape mission that sits somewhere between Ziggy Startdust and the Rocky Horror Picture Show”.