The shows that made their mark…


Photo by Jeff Busby

Some people are talking about books, I’m going to talk about the plays that changed me, affected me & wowed me. But not in chronological order because my memory is not that good…

Saving Henry by Angus Cerini at La Mama – this show blew my mind. Raw, intense & powerful. While I have seen further, more professional productions of this, nothing compares to seeing it in the small space of La Mama.

Thyestes by Hayloft Project at Malthouse/Carriageworks – Words cannot express how much I love this show. I flew to Sydney just so I could see it again!

Rubeville by Black Lung at Lupa Arts – I have Black Lung to thank for my introduction to other companies like Hayloft. I saw this show 3 times. It was dirty, messy & the epitome of Fringe.

Mercury Fur by Little Death at Theatre Works – powerful. So powerful.

The Economist by MKA at Abbotsford/North Melbourne – Tobias Alexander Edward Manderson-Galvin wrote an amazing play. I saw it twice. I would like to see it again.

Slut by Patricia Cornelius at 45 Downstairs – I’m cheating with this a bit as I was in this production. But who cares as Patricia Cornelius created a powerfully devastating show that really made me think.

They Saw a Thylacine by Sarah Hamilton & Justine Campbell at North Melbourne Town Hall – this is one of the first shows I ever reviewed. I gave it 5 stars. And I can’t wait to see it on the Malthouse stage next year!

When I Grow Up by Juliette Burton at Trades Hall – funny, heartbreaking & real. Her honesty put a smile on my face.

The Sovereign Wife by Sisters Grimm at Southbank Theatre – this show was epic. That is all.

East is East & West is Footscray at La Mama. This was the first show that I saw that wasn’t MTC, Malthouse or Bell Shakespeare. While hesitant at first, this show kicked of my love for both La Mama & independent theatre. And it’s what encouraged me to pursue my love of theatre.

Over & out!