Arachnid | Sotto Theatre Co

A limber baby wanders into the orbit of rage and cannot help but get caught up in the existential rhythm of the music. From here she will trace the projection of her adolescence and learn to barter in fear and sex. Sotto’s new monologue piece takes a sideways glance at Australiana, gender, and childhood.

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The Cripple of Inishmaan | Mad March Hare Theatre Co with Red Line Productions

Image by Marnya Rothe

On a small island in Ireland, a young boy dreams of being a film star in Hollywood or at the very least not being called “Cripple” Billy anymore. When an opportunity to escape arrives, Billy takes full advantage, perhaps underestimating the full cost of leaving home.

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Relative Merits | Les Solomon & Lambert House Enterprises

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Image by Joseph Issa

The relationship between Australian sport and the LGBTQI+ community has always been a rocky one. The hyper masculine footy environment doesn’t always demonstrate an accepting attitude, as reignited in recent Israel Folau bigotry controversy. In Relative Merits, conservative Australia comes up against a love of footy in unexpected ways to explore the gay community in the early 1990s.

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The Ugliest Duckling | Q Theatre

It’s a tale as old as time; a story most children would have heard a version of, about an unusual duckling who didn’t quite fit in. Q Theatre’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic uses physical theatre to explore difference and acceptance.

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Chasing Smoke | Casus

Ushered into an intimate tent past two open fires, the audience are greeted by a mock anthropological “Aborigine” scene. The sarcastic narration quickly sets the scene for Chasing Smoke’s playful tongue-in-cheek tone. Combining circus, dance, and a bit of comedy, this production from Australia’s only entirely Indigenous circus group is a celebration of identity and story-telling.

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Spider in My Soup | Bondi Feast

These two girls have been friends since childhood, playing make-believe and integrating themselves into each other’s families, but something has changed and it’s making this reunion awkward. Life’s path only seems clear in retrospect so having a spider friend, a symbol of your future self, drop in to say hello becomes a source of affirmation and reassurance in this production of Spider in My Soup.

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