Premier production as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, supported by La Mama Theatre and Knox Community Arts Centre.
19–29 September, La Mama Theatre
One actor, sixty minutes, six spoilt women.
A theatrical and entertaining new work featuring debase’s Liz Skitch. Liz plays a myriad of everyday Australians who all have one thing in common — they’re Spoilt. Parodying everyone from inner-city workaholics to suburban dog owners, self-improvement junkies to newlyweds, no one is safe in this comic exploration of humanity’s over-indulgence.
Spoilt is inspired by glossy magazines, vacuous celebrity culture and the ads that encourage us to ‘treat’, ‘indulge’ and ‘spoil’ ourselves. All the characters in Spoilt are on individual quests to achieve happiness. But they have all been taken in by the rhetoric of the self-help industry; self-improvement, self-love, self-indulgence … selfishness.
Praise for Liz Skitch …
“An acerbic examination of the over-indulged ... absolutely hilarious ...”
“… ruthless and incisive insight … SPOILT is a well-executed tragicomedy that has something very intelligent to say” — Theatre Press, Melbourne
“Skitch is natural storyteller. She’s confident, zany and really sweet, and even when she’s being meowww catty you still want to take her home and introduce her to your mum.” — AussieTheatre.com
“Skitch’s delivery is immaculately timed.” — The Pun Melbourne
“One of Queensland’s brightest, most energetic and most colourful stage performers; a clown, a comic; a box of sparklers set alight and tossed into the night sky. Whiz. Bang. Boom.” — The Courier Mail
Written and performed by Liz Skitch
Sound design by Donald Stewart
Images by Ange Leggas, 3 Fates Media
An intimately revealing comic cabaret with the acclaimed Liz Skitch. Touring throughout Queensland in late 2013 with ArTour.
“It’s like she’s working magic on the audience.” - The Pun, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wearing nothing but heels, fishnets and a strategically placed accordion, no one is safe in this tell-all tale of Liz’s extraordinary life. With “sugar-coated viciousness” (DB Magazine) she tackles ex-boyfriends, her mum, empty headed teenage girls, banal tourists, babies and baboons.
Dripping with double entendre Skitch Tease has a rollicking old vaudeville feel; it’s naughty but nice - Marilyn Monroe meets Judith Lucy with a pinch of Jerry Lewis.
Skitch Tease is a fast-paced accordion accompanied blend of songs, stories and sensational punch lines.
Skitch Tease premiered at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival and has since wowed audiences at The Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, and in the UK at Brighton Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Glastonbury Festival.
Skitch Tease on tour in Queensland during October & November 2013!
We're hugely excited to be taking Skitch Tease on a tour of regional Queensland during October & November 2013! See below for dates and venues.
|Thu 10 October 7.00pm||Maleny RSL Hall, Maleny
Tickets: Maleny Bookshop on 5494 3666 or at RSL Hall each Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, or enquire through firstname.lastname@example.org or 54 94 2708
|Fri 11 October 7.30pm||Gympie Civic Centre – Heritage Theatre, Gympie
Tickets are available at the Gympie Regional Gallery, at 39 Nash Street, Gympie. Phone 5481 0733.
|Sat 12 October 6.30pm||Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
|Tues 15 October 7.30pm||Oakey Cultural Centre, Oakey|
|Wed 16 October 7.30pm||Goondiwindi-Waggamba Community Centre, Goondiwindi|
|Thurs 17 October
|Mungindi Town Hall, Mungindi NSW|
|Fri 18 October 7.30pm||St George Cultural Centre, St George|
|Mon 21 October 7.30pm||Leichhardt Centre, Miles|
|Tues 22 October 7.00pm||Wandoan Cultural Centre, Wandoan|
|Thurs 24 October 7.30pm||Bauhinia Memorial Hall, Springsure
Tickets: Springsure Arts Council Ph: 0439 841 582
|Fri 25 October 7.00pm||Dysart Civic Centre, Dysart|
|Sat 26 October
|Sarina Bowls Club, Sarina|
|Tues 29 October 7.30pm||Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Proserpine|
|Tues 29 October 7.30pm||Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Proserpine
|Thurs 31 October 8.00pm||Capella Cultural Centre, Capella
|Sat 2 November 7.30pm||Barcaldine Shire Hall, Barcaldine|
|Tues 5 November 7.30pm||Mt Isa Civic Centre, Mt Isa|
7–9 Nov 7.30pm
|School of Arts Theatre, Townsville
|Tues 12 Nov
|Conservatorium of Music, Innisfail|
|Tues 13 Nov 8.00pm||Atherton International Club, Atherton|
|Tues 14 Nov 7.30pm||Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns
“Flirty fun which squeezes your funny bone in all the right places.”
- Edinburgh Spotlight
“Hilarious songs, involving comedy and a cabaret turn to die for, make Liz Skitch’s hour pass in a flash. Her burlesque-style routine is the big selling point, but she has depth in both delivery and material.”
- The Stage, Edinburgh
“Laced with punchy one-liners and witty stories and songs that target anything and everything.”
- The Advertiser
“Guilt laden laughter remains with you well after the show, the dark pall of her cheeky accordion ringing in your ears.”
- DB Magazine
Premier production co-produced with Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre for Out of the Box Festival for Children. Lily Can’t Sleep was recently staged in the Family Program in the Spiegeltent as part of the 2013 Brisbane Festival.
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).
Premier production co-produced with
Queensland Theatre Company
Following a critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, and tour of Japan in 2012, this clowning tour de force is touring Queensland and New South Wales during June and July.
24–26 June, State Library of Queensland
4 & 5 July, Jetty Memorial Theatre Coffs Harbour
8 & 9 July, Zenith Theatre, Chatswood, Sydney
10–12 July Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
A couple of clowns have rushed to town to see the grand circus parade! They find the best spot, right next to the big red clock, the parade will arrive at three o’clock on the dot! They sit, they wait, they get bored, they get hungry … until their imaginations take over and waiting becomes a game! They dine on food that appears out of thin air, use simple items to create amazing new worlds and discover an entire universe inside a hat!
Hurry Up And Wait is a unique blend of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett loaded with exquisite physical comedy. This clown duo (Liz Skitch and Clint Bolster) provoke extreme emotional highs and lows as their interminable wait unfolds.
Suitable for 3 – 10 year olds
“It really is a true indication of the quality of a show when the audience, children and parents alike, are in constant fits of laughter.” – Fringe Review, Edinburgh
“Two hugely talented performers” – Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
“A magical show, sure to captivate audiences of all ages” – Primary Times, Edinburgh
“It was the best show ever. I liked the part where Tally and Shorty had an ice-cream shower.”
– Vivian Lu, age 6, MacGregor State School, Brisbane
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.
“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