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WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By Nicky Peelgrane

Presented by Chrysalis Productions

A comedy about the first year of motherhood.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night is a raucous comedy about the snot-flinging, nipple-cracking, up-chuck-scented, sleep-deprived, madness of the first year of motherhood. Three women from the Mothers Behaving Badly (MBB) playgroup grapple with their metamorphosis into motherhood. If ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, where the hell is the village while new mums wipe bums and juggle the expectations of the 21st century?  

A must-see for anyone who has ever mothered or been mothered. 

 

“Great play! Spot on what motherhood is about. Like the way it shows all types of mothers are normal.” – Serena

“Comedy brilliant. Struggled with when to laugh and when to cry.” – Mark

“A true reality show without the ads! F*&^ing fantastic! Written with pathos.” – Adie

 

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DATES

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Feb 2022

TIMES

24 Feb  7.30pm 
25 Feb  7.30pm 
26 Feb  7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes,
Including 20 minute intermission. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.
May contain coarse language, adult themes, mild violence

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

THE ARTISTS

CREATIVE TEAM

Chrysalis Productions - Producers

Chrysalis Productions, founded by Nicky Peelgrane and Belinda Raisin, is a supportive female-led team of collaborators. In our storytelling we draw from – and weave together – theatre, music, dance and art. Inside a butterfly’s chrysalis, transformation occurs. So too, Chrysalis Productions is a cocoon for new work and reimagined tales that resonate with modern Australians.

Nicky Peelgrane - Writer & Director

Nicky Peelgrane is a mother, writer, actor, director and Drama teacher. She wrote Whatever Gets You Through the Night, a play about the first year of motherhood (development 2016, productions 2017 & 2021). In 2019, Nicky was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship through University of Queensland. Her playwriting credits also include Prospero’s Dukedom, a play about Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe (2019), Ghosts of Down Under (with Kellie Lazarus), which toured Queensland in 2018, as well as a suite of other plays written for primary school students (with Kristy Crome). Nicky has contributed stories to anthologies: Bjelke Blues (Avid Reader’s best-seller non-fiction list 2019), Our Inside Voices (2020), Not Keeping Mum (2020), and most recently, published in the Furphy National Literary Awards Anthology (2021).

Belinda Raisin - Movement Director

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

Georgia Cohen - Set Designer

Georgia Cohen is best known for her passion for sustainable and evocative design. Aside from set design she also has a passion for australian residential and furniture design.

Fresh from completing her Interior design (Hons) graduate at QUT, minoring in Fashion & Architecture, Georgia is excited to be part of a project with a hands-on nature, collaborating with people with a range of skills and being part of the project from start to finish.

Tim Alexander - Fight Choreographer

Tim’s performing arts and psychology background combine with his fight training and expertise to uniquely qualify him as a Fight Choreographer and Action Consultant. He prides himself on listening to and understanding the vision and taking that to a level of accurate realism through hands-on training with all involved.

His years of training and experience include national and international VIP protection, military service, and specialist weapons and hand-to-hand combat training. He is Asia Pacific’s foremost expert in hand-to-hand combat for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Tim is thrilled to combine his passion for the creative arts with his Krav Maga expertise. He has choreographed and performed locally and internationally on stage and screen, including in short films and commercial campaigns.

Ben Shotten - Lighting Designer
Natalie Callaghan - Stage Manager
Cameron Quagliotto - Sound Designer
Anne Stanley - Composer / Musician

Anne Stanley is a mother, music teacher, musician, and composer. She holds a B Mus (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She has led and accompanied a myriad of school choirs and associated musicians, not to mention mentoring our next generation of aspiring musicians. She has collaborated on a variety of plays and arts projects with industry theatre companies and artists, including Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (Midsummer Night’s Dream 2011, Romeo and Juliet 4EVA, 2019), Dead Puppet Society (Pippi Longstocking 2017), and choreographers Jaime Redfern and Nerida Matthaei to help create arts experiences for children that engage, educate and inspire.

CAST

Crystal Arons

Crystal is an International Artist and has been performing since 2003. She trained with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Actor’s Playhouse, Grin and Tonic and completed a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting) at the University of Southern Queensland. Australian credits include: As You Like It, The Virtuous Burglar (Dario Fo – Room to Play), The Bald Prima Donna (Eugene Ionesco – Room to Play), The Void and the Light (Outcast Arts), Metamorphosis (Steven Berkhoff), The Threepenny Opera, The Tempest, Gremlins, Pigford and The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek (Susan Pease, That’s Not Canon Productions). International productions include: Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor, the Cork North Pole Christmas Experience and her one-woman show called Dating Dingleberries (Ireland). London: Clap for Alzheimers (House of Idiot), The Faraway Tree and the world premiere of The Life of Oscar Wilde (Camden Fringe Festival). Crystal also played Miranda in The Tempest for Company C.

Matthew Filkins

Matthew is a graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts, extended Drama Major and has also studied at Shakespeare and Company in the USA. His past theatrical credits include: Ruby Moon, The Buggulugs Bum Thief, Fair Play, Time Jump, An Experiment with The White Earth and Hermes and the Naked Flame for QMF Youth Touring Program/Arts Council. Julius Caesar, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and 60-minute Shakespeare (4MBS Classic FM) The Merchant of Venice, The Blood Votes and Henry IV Part 1 (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Midsummer Carnival (Brisbane Immersive Ensemble) One was Nude, and one wore tails and The Virtuous Burglar (Room to Play productions), The Seagull (Now Look Here TC), Secret Bridesmaids Business and Moonlight and Magnolias (Mixed Theatre Company). Film/TV credits include Harrow, Gruen Planet, Evil, The Digger: A History, Waste and Day of the Deadline. He is a puppeteer for Camp Quality, as well as a proud Equity Member since 2005.

Kimberley Chapman

Kimberley comes from a family of performers and made her debut touring England at two-years-old. Since then, she has trained in dance, drama, and music, and now works as a performer, tutor, and creative consultant. Whether to kids in Australian schools, women in Thai prisons, or young adults in Japanese night clubs, Kimberley loves seeing the arts break down barriers, passionately believing in their transformative and uplifting power. Her credits include roving character work with Interactive Theatre Australia, a stint on H20: Just Add Water, lead roles in productions of Jekyll and Hyde and The Producers, various commercial campaigns, and tours of Thailand using the arts in prisons, orphanages, and schools. Kimberley has also written and choreographed shows for tours of Japan, bringing messages of positive self-worth to combat high mental illness and suicide rates.

Belinda Raisin

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

VISITING US

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