Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD

Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD

BY Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters

A timely exploration of the performance of woman via lashings of lycra.
Brisbane’s funniest women, Bridget Boyle (DeBase, Warmwaters,The Gooney Girls) and Neridah Waters (Lala Parlour, The Brides of Frank, The Escapists) team up to bring you an evening of sketches, scenes and songs celebrating the performative magic of the humble Leotard. 


Bridget Boyle
Neridah Waters


December 2019


Bridget Boyle

Bridget Boyle is a performer, director, teacher and clown. She is a cofounder of debase productions, whose original comic works, such as Lily Can’t Sleep, Chasing the Lollyman and Hurry up and Wait, have toured Australia and internationally. With David Megarrity, she performs in Warmwaters, a musical comedy duo that premiered at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival in 2015. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For someone productions at La Boite, she performed in He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Neridah Waters

Neridah Waters is a choreographer, theatre maker and performer. She trained as an actor at UWS at Napean then in Japan with Tadashi Suzuki and Frank Theatre. She has toured extensively to Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, England and the USA with her projects Tarnished, The Common People Dance Project and boy girl wall. Neridah is a founding member of Lala Parlour, The Escapists and Brides of Frank and has performed and choreographed shows with Queensland Theatre, La Boite, NORPA, debase as well as Boomtown, Under this Sky and The Power Within for Queensland Music Festival.




The ancient art of shapeshifting.


Human to Eagle. Eagle to Dolphin. Dolphin to Human. Human to Goanna. Goanna to Headland.


Shapeshifting has been happening since the beginning. Since the Dreamtime. Is it a story from past mythologies that have no place in today’s society?


Karul Projects weave their movement magic exploring this ancient practice and what it reveals about our identity. Can remembering the past help us better understand the present?


Thomas E.S. Kelly – Choreographer/Composer/Performer
Taree Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator
Caleena Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator

This project is suported by PACT Theatre.

Hero image by Carla Zimbler.


13 May – 24 May 2019


Thomas E.S. Kelly


Thomas is a proud Bundjalung Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man.


Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects. Thomas is currently a member of the Tasdance Makers Company.


His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [Mis]Conceive, Vessel for Outer Urban Projects and Shifting > Shapes.


Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Thomas creates work to reveal subject matter that offers an opportunity to learn and develop; work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.


In 2017, Thomas created Karul Projects. A new company led by new indigenous voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is resident company at PACT.


For more information about Thomas and the projects he is working on and go to www.thomaseskelly.com or www.karulprojects.com



by Leah Shelton and Mandy Beaumont

Come. Take night-time hours as your own.

Uncover stories about women and the spaces we inhabit. Explore the projections, imaginings and fantasies by which we are limited and defined.  

IN THE DARK is a series of live performance installations presented in public spaces, created by performance maker Leah Shelton in collaboration with writer Mandy Beaumont and digital artist Alinta Krauth.

Beaumont’s complex, brutal text collides with Shelton’s stylised choreography to explore the female experience in public spaces after nightfall. IN THE DARK will agitate around the issues of female agency and voice, around holding space, around the imaginings of others as to where we belong.

Key Creatives:


Leah Shelton – Creator / Director
Mandy Beaumont – Writer
Saffron Benner – Dramaturg
Alinta Krauth – Digital Visual Artist

Hero image by Raw Bones Photography.


18 March – 30 March 2019

Artist Details

Leah Shelton

Leah Shelton is an Australian performance artist whose work sits in the sweet spot between alt-cabaret, physical theatre and live art. She is also Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, one of the most prominent contemporary Pacific theatre companies in Australia. Originally dance-trained, Leah has a diverse performance background which has seen her tour to the US, Canada, Europe, UK, Japan and South Pacific. As a solo artist, she creates stylized, guttural, unashamedly feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. She spent over a decade working in the intense Suzuki Actor Training Method in Brisbane and Japan, and has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique (Edinburgh, Brighton) and Vegas Nocturne (Las Vegas). She is currently touring her award-winning solo work, Terror Australis, which received the Adelaide Fringe Innovation Award, Matilda Award for Best Set Design, and Green Room Nomination for Best Contemporary and Experimental Performer.


Mandy Beaumont

Mandy’s writing has been called powerful, brutal, magnificent and complex. Her writing has won the MOTH International Short Story Award, and been a finalist in the Victorian University Short Story Award, the Overland Fair Australia Prize (twice), the Newcastle Short Story Award, the Rachel Funari Award, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the SmokeLong Quarterly Award. Mandy was also the Poet in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Writing Fellow. She has been published in Griffith Review, Cordite, Black Inc. Best Poems, The MOTH and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal, and in 2017 was co-editor of The Idea of Women edition of Overland. Mandy has also undertaken large-scale text work for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, the State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival.  She teaches creative writing at Griffith University and is currently shortlisted for the Richell Award.




by Shane Anthony & Chopt Logic Productions

In June 2018, the NSW Police Force released the findings of Strike Force Parrabell, a three-year investigation into 88 deaths between 1976 and 2000, each listed as potentially involving motivations of gay-hate bias centered on murders that took place in Sydney. The review found that twenty-seven gay men were likely to have lost their lives to homophobic killers during a violent period of Australia’s history.


The Untouched Remains is a physical and verbatim theatre work investigating how inherent biases played a role in both the minimal media coverage of these stories and in the public and police response to violent crimes against gay people.

Key Creatives:

Shane Anthony – Director
Charlie Davis – Set and Costume Designer
Basil Hogios – Composer
Julia Billington – Research and Development

Hero image by Ryan Jones.



8 – 13 February 2019

Artist Details

Shane Anthony

Shane works as a theatre director, producer and acting coach in Australia and overseas. Recent directing credits include The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter for Redline Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre (nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016), Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool for Griffin Theatre Company, Songs for the Fallen by Sheridan Harbridge and Basil Hogios for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of Best Musical and Most Outstanding Actress), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane International Arts Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Altar Boyz by Kevin Del Aguila, Calendar Girls by Tim Firth and Avenue Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), Often I Find That I Am Naked by Fiona Sprott for Darlinghurst Theatre Company (and Australian national tour with Critical Stages), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boîte Theatre Indie, Motortown by Simon Stephens for 23rd Productions (nominated Best Show, Matilda Awards, Brisbane).





“At some time in the future, and by future I mean time not yet past, the lights will gradually fade. The ground will shake. There will be a howling. Some time in the darkness. We can’t say how long. You may feel some discomfort… You may hear screams. It will be over very quickly. It’s a leap. You are all about to take this leap, together.”

Vidya is influenced by Hindu philosophy, which tells us that all life is suffering, the human story is the story of ego, and we are living in the end times. Emma grew up reading John Stuart Mill, and believing that if we only saved our pennies and paid our taxes, the future would be bright.

Inspired by American playwright Will Eno, the pop star M.I.A.,and the swirling mess that is anthropomorphic capitalism in a climate change era, Hurricane is a bizarre de-construction / re-destruction of the night a natural disaster came to town.



Emma Hall – Writer and Director
Vidya Rajan – Writer and Performer

Image courtesy of the artists.


1 July – 14 July 2019


Emma Hall


Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. She trained as a professional actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art. Emma has written, performed and toured two award-winning solo theatre works, We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark. We May Have to Choose was nominated for eight theatre awards and won five, including the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Theatre award at Auckland Fringe. Ode to Man most recently appeared at 2018 Brisbane Festival. Her third solo work, World Problems, has been developed with artists living in both Amsterdam and Melbourne, and will appear at Melbourne’s FortyFive Downstairs in March 2019.



Vidya Rajan

Vidya is an emerging writer, comic, and performance-maker from Perth, now based in Melbourne. She has trained and performed extensively in improvisation and sketch in Australia and the United States. Recent works include: Sleepover Gurlz (Melbourne Fringe); The Fallout (Lonely Company); Genesis (Red Stitch); Last Night (WAYTCO), DeAr BeLoVed, A completely unified theory of you+me (TiNA); Aaaaunty (ASIATOPA); The Shubaratnams (VCA); Asian Ghost-ery Store (Griffin Batch Theatre Fest 2018, Melbourne Fringe Award 2015), and Friendquest (Best Theatre Nominee, Fringeworld 2015). Vidya has a Masters in Writing for Performance (VCA). Outside of the arts, she has worked primarily in community law and welfare advocacy. Vidya has recently been awarded a 2019 Malthouse/Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) Living Now writing residency.