What if women told the truth a little more, to ourselves and each other? What if we admitted marriage was tough, motherhood is a challenge and doing it all is exhausting. What if, instead of the Hollywood version of marriage and motherhood, we saw a depiction of how it really is – relentless, exhilarating, infuriating, hilarious, complicated.
Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life is the hit Australian musical that’s been winning over audiences and critics since it’s 2010 debut. Both an entertaining musical comedy and thought provoking drama it is unafraid to tell the truth about parenthood, relationships and the juggle to ‘do it all.’
The story follows a year in the life of best friends Kate, Bec, Lily and Jessie. Each week they meet in the café Lily owns to drink coffee and share their lives with one another, as they go through the relatable highs and lows of relationships, parenting and the daily grind. They are ‘every woman,’ giving audiences a picture of their own experiences on stage with stories that shine a light on the little moments that make up our lives.
Mother, Wife has played over 100 shows across Australia, been in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, played at the United Nations and was translated to Norwegian for a European debut. It is being workshopped in London in 2017 and premiering in Sweden in 2018.
Do you still feel like you’re 25 even though your birthdate stubbornly insists you’re not? Are you enquiring about botox ‘for a friend?’ Do you wonder how adults were born in the 1990's?! This hilariously honest new show looks at ageing in an image-obsessed world, where 40 is the new 30 - but only with the right Instagram filter.
After winning critical and audience acclaim for her honest account of marriage and motherhood Amity Dry turns her focus to ageing, in this comedic and poignant exploration on the pressure women face to stay forever young. 39 Forever debuted at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, selling out its entire season, adding 5 more shows and winning 5 star reviews. It is premiering at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne this May and is set to tour in 2018.
‘Famous’ is an exciting new Australian musical that goes behind the scenes of reality TV and explores the intoxicating and ruthless experience of instant fame. It’s centred around the fictional reality TV show ‘Reality Detention,’ where seven former reality TV contestants compete in a detention centre themed compound, in the hopes of being named ‘Australia’s Ultimate Reality TV Star’. Hailing from various well known reality TV formats each of the contestants are desperate to keep their 15 minutes going and will do whatever it takes to outlast one another. It’s hosted by the network’s star presenter, Kelly Carner, who rules over the reality stars like a mean girl yet secretly fears she’s only one step higher in the disposable world of TV. Pulling all the strings is the Producer, who’s heard but never seen, as he manipulates the contestant’s emotions and behaviour, in order to make the kind of show an audience wants to see.
Famous looks at the reality TV experience from the perspective of the contestant, questioning what drives them to seek fame and what happens to them once the ride’s over? How do they go back to normal when their faces are instantly recognizable and everyone has an opinion on them? How does it feel to be cast as a villain and get death threats on social media? And why would anyone sign a contract that allows a network to ridicule and defame them?
Famous was selected for the inaugural Home Grown Grass Roots Initiative in 2016 and was work-shopped with a cast including musical theatre star Chelsea Gibb. A performance of one of the songs was named by TheatrePeople as #2 in their favourite Home Grown Highlights.
Famous is currently in development.