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Welcome to debase

Creating brilliant new comedies.

debase productions is an industrious company, dedicated to creating and touring a wide variety of brilliant new comedies. Established in 1998, debase works out of Brisbane and Melbourne and tours nationally and internationally.

debase in 2014

  • Spoilt was recently performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Butterfly Club 27 March – 6 April, AND will be on at Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre 24–26 April (click here to go to brisbanepowerhouse.org for bookings).
  • Furze Family Variety Hour is a new show being developed for a season at the Judith Wright Centre later this year.
  • Lily Can't Sleep was performed as part of the University of Southern Queensland's annual Children's Week 18 – 23 February.
  • The Moulin Beige is our old-school vaudeville night featuring Melbourne's quirkiest stand up comedians, cabaret artists and variety performers. The Moulin Beige takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at the Wesley Anne in Northcote.

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Spoilt

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“Simply ahhhh-mazing.”Heckler

The reviews are in for Spoilt at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

“Tour de force … move over Toni Collette! Step away Sally Field! (Sybil? Anyone?) Liz Skitch, step into the spotlight and take a bow.”Weekend Notes

“Skitch is a natural mimic, shedding accents and years as easily as she changes costume.”The Age Entertainment

“Skitch brings her alibis to life hilariously, sending up five all-too-common personalities with aplomb.”The Weekly Review

“Liz Skitch is a true master of impersonation and satire … if you're into multiple wig changes, crazy brides and deluxe doggy doo doo, then this show's for you.”The Music

“Each character is defined only by the choice of wig, shoes and a few accoutrements … and Skitch's impressive ability to change her entire physicality to match each character.”Theatre People

BOOK NOW for Brisbane Powerhouse season, 24-26 April and see what all the fuss is about.
 

What's Spoilt about?

“Spoilt delivers a very adept touch on all that is bizarre in a world we call normal, and an extremely entertaining yet painfully honest perception of life as we know it.”Heckler

Social satirist and clown, Liz Skitch, holds up a mirror to contemporary self-obsession and savages what she finds. Five spoilt women unravel as the worlds of a reality TV ‘star,’ celebrity trainer, botoxed celebrant, small-dog-loving PR consultant, and a bridezilla collide.

Flipping the darkside of narcissim and self-improvement sunnyside up, Spoilt is an electric comedy masterpiece.

Who knew self-destruction could be this much fun?

Written and performed by Liz Skitch
Directed by Fiona Scott-Norman
Sound design by Donald Stewart
Lighting design by Timmothy Cummings
Images by Ange Leggas, 3 Fates Media

Fly-In Fly-Out

A funny and gritty play about growing up in a mining town, dealing with change and serving fried chicken ...

Jenny lives in a small Queensland mining town: she’s almost finished Grade Ten and is struggling to balance school, her part-time jobs, her wayward sister, her relationships, and everyone’s expectations. When the charismatic Seb flies into town, Jenny’s balancing act is thrown into chaos and her world threatens to collapse around her.

Fly-In Fly-Out looks at how families and communities deal with upheaval and how we strive to adapt. The play examines universal themes through the prism of the mining boom and the influx of fly-in fly-out workers into a small community.

From the makers of the critically acclaimed Snagged and Ithaca Road, Fly-In Fly-Out has been developed in consultation with communities and young people throughout Central Queensland. The show is a must see for audiences of all ages and begins the conversation about what communities can do to develop resilience in the face of change.

Written by Robert Kronk with Howard Cassidy
Director: Howard Cassidy
Featuring: Peter Cossar, Toby Martin, Timothy Potter, Stephanie Tandy and Tammy Weller
Design: Josh McIntosh
Sound design/composition: Evan Dean
Lighting design: Jason Glenwright

Commissioned by the Education Community Alliance (ECA), produced by debase and supported by Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and ArTour with financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Reviews

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  In fact they were the most animated I’d ever seen them … the play wove many of the characteristics of our communities, and the social and economic issues we encounter, brilliantly into a script that was very appealing …”
– Kim Wood, Clermont State High School

“Fly-In Fly-Out is energetic and fast moving with a rapid tempo that ensures full attention. The characters are instantly lovable. The themes of family, first love, grief, pressure, work/home balance are easily relatable and pose questions for students and teachers to ponder well after the show … it set tongues wagging.”
– Natalie Nunan, Brisbane Bayside College

Lily Can't Sleep

Premier production co-produced with Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre for Out of the Box Festival for Children.

New day. New school. New house. New room. Everything’s changing for Lily. Night falls and she’s got a lot on her mind. No wonder she can't get to sleep. Her mum tells her to count sheep, but what good is that when one of them is running amok in her room? Enter Baarbara, an all-singing, all-dancing woolly entertainer who helps Lily dream up ways to put what’s worrying her to bed.

Mixing mega fun word play with fantastic physical comedy, this sweet and imaginative piece of theatre will take you on an adventure to a land where anything is possible. Playing with the ritual of ‘going to sleep’, Lily explores themes that both children and mums and dads will relate to, creating laugh out loud fun for the whole family!

Created for children 3–8 years old, Lily Can’t Sleep was originally commissioned by the Queensland Theatre Company and premiered at the Out of the Box Festival in 2006. Since then, Lily Can’t Sleep has toured regional Queensland, played at the Victorian Arts Centre and delighted audiences in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with Act 3 International.

“This production had superb acting, a variety of dramatic styles and a cleverly written script, all of which kept my students thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended.” - Teacher, Cambooya State School

Written by Bridget Boyle and Liz Skitch with David Megarrity
Directed by Scott Witt
Set design by Jonathon Oxlade
Composer, Sound design by Brett Collery
Performed by Bridget Boyle and Liz Skitch (Premier Season); Liz Skitch and Georgina Symes (2007 Tour); Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters (Brisbane Festival 2013)
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