“Ruthless and incisive” — theatre press
Book now for 2014 seasons!
27 March – 6 April, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Butterfly Club. (Click here to go to seatadvisor.com for bookings.)
24–26 April, Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre. (Click here to go to brisbanepowerhouse.org for bookings.)
Liz Skitch, social satirist and clown, holds a mirror up 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 bridezilla collide. Skitch flips the dark side of narcissism and self-improvement sunnyside up in this electric comedy masterpiece.
Who knew self-destruction could be this much fun?
“Brilliant delivery and pace, Spoilt is a well-executed tragicomedy that has something very intelligent to say ... absolutely hilarious ... ruthless and incisive ... ” — Theatre Press, Melbourne
Praise for Liz Skitch
“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
Directed by Fiona Scott-Norman
Sound design by Donald Stewart
Images by Ange Leggas, 3 Fates Media
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).
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