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8pm, 7 – 10 December 2016
6pm, 11 December 2016
Tuxedo Cat
293 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000
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6:30pm, 9 – 11 December 2016
La Mama
205 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053

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Ho Ho Ho…

It’s a sweltering Christmas Day in suburban Melbourne, and the McDoonie family are keeping up the boozing, cheer and merrymaking… despite the dead woman’s skeleton in the backyard.

In a world where women are taught to diffuse their anger to gain respect, “Merry Christmas, Bitches!” celebrates the women who speak up. This production is a yelp, a roar and a piss-yourself-laughing eruption. It gives voice to the stoic grandmothers, exhausted mums and meek aunts who make Christmas lunch happen, and lets us see what’s really infuriating them.

Written by Samantha Hill
Directed by Michaela Bedel
Produced by Emma Caldwell
Stage Managed by Dylan Morgan
Set & Costume Design by Alicia Aulsebrook

Performed by Samantha Hill, Lauren Mass, Caitlin Mathieson, Emma Jo McKay, Ana Mitsikas and Jen Watkins.

Part of La Mama’s Explorations Season 2016

Fugues explores the interplay of identity, introspection and the public performance of self. In content and form, it takes inspiration from both meanings of the word fugue. One meaning is psychological: a fugue is a dissociative state where a person loses their sense of identity, suffering temporary amnesia and confusion because of it. The other meaning of the word references a musical composition, wherein a melodic phrase is introduced by one part and then is taken up by the other parts. While the psychological concept denotes a loss of identity, the musicological concept suggests a growth into melodic fullness. Performers bring interpretations of a single character, enacting the cycle of losses and gains that contribute to this particular person’s identity.

Devised and performed by the Boutique Theatre Ensemble

Collaborators/Performers: Matthew Sini, Emma Caldwell, Mathew Young, Tamiah Bantum, Lucinda Barratt, Laila Thaker, Max Gettler, Jason Schwab and Seon Williams

Image credit: Bodie Strain


Boutique Theatre is a Melbourne based independent theatre company which creates theatre that is inventive, local, relevant and disruptive and is guided by three core values: Inclusivity, Possibility, Opportunity.

Boutique Theatre was founded by actor/producers Emma Caldwell and Tegan Jones in 2012 with their debut season of Edges: A Song Cycle. Boutique Theatre has since gone on to produce International and Australian works, whilst developing a Writers’ Programme, Workshop Programme and housing an Ensemble of creatives.

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