Current Projects

ALPHABETICAL SYDNEY: ALL ABOARD!

This family musical is an expansion (rather than adaptation) of the bestselling picture book, ‘Alphabetical Sydney’. Collaborating with composer Greta Gertler Gold and illustrator/designer Antonia Pesenti, the show has been developed through a City of Sydney Council grant. Thanks to a generous grant from RISE, the production premiered at Riverside Theatres in March 2022.

Stay tuned for details about a January 2023 season, followed by a tour.

Listen to Luke Escombe and Justine Clarke as Ibis and Nanna, singing ‘Feed Me’:

DO GOOD AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY

A MUSICAL FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Written with composer Phillip Johnston, this is a fantasia inspired by Cole’s Funny Picture Book, the enduringly popular 19th century publication from Melbourne bookseller E.W. Cole. Threatened with the closure of his marvellous Book Arcade, Cole creates a book promulgating his utopian philosophy. On the brink of losing everything, his belief in human ingenuity is vindicated, and he triumphs over the forces of conservatism.

Upcoming Productions

MARRICKVILLE MERMAID

A song cycle that throws light onto the inner and outer worlds of Annette Kellerman: vaudeville mermaid, silent film star, champion swimmer, publicity hound and all-round defier of convention. In collaboration with composer Luke Styles.

Coming to the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, August 12-14, 2022, as part of the EDGE Festival, Inner West Council.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ enduring story is best described as a political panto. Directed by Damien Ryan and featuring John Bell as Scrooge, music hall sing-alongs collide with a bracing call-to-arms against mean-spiritedness.

Commissioned by the Ensemble Theatre, and coming in December 2022. Details here.

DEVIANTS

An adaptation for the stage of the novel The Mind of a Deviant Woman, by American author Paula Paul. The play centres on the story of Carrie Buck, a teenage girl who in 1920s Virginia was used by the eugenics movement in a court case to legalise the forced sterilisation of ‘the unfit’. The criteria for ‘fitness’ were wildly biased, according to race, class, disability, and the prevailing morality of the day. 60,000 Americans were sterilised without their consent (or often, their knowledge); the Nazis cited the US Supreme Court’s decision in their defence at Nuremberg. It is yet to be overturned.

Find out more here.

Commissioned by Michael Dengler of Exit Game Productions, directed by Ed Wightman.

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