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Duration: 65 min

Performance accessibility

  • High Audio Content

1 Venue

Rehearsal Room 1 at State Theatre Centre of WA

174-176 William St, Perth, WA, 6000

Minors can attend this show at this venue.

Suitability and warnings: M

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Other Warnings:

Loud Noises, Mental Health, Smoke Effects

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Contains themes relating to birth trauma and mental health.

Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Hot

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About this event

The Dirty Mother is an act of civil disobedience.  It's electric guitar, exploding pomegranates, and massive pink pants.  A celebration of friendship and reinvention, The Dirty Mother is a story about imagining yourself beyond crisis.

"Funny, heart-wrenching and raw" ★★★★ FringeFeed, 2020

This intimate story takes us into Michelle's post-natal Underworld where a Giant Midwife triggers a disco-strip-dance and Hugh Grant arrives as history's most distracted birth partner.  Out of the debris of disaster, this mother may seem dirty, but she's alive and ripe for telling the tale "nice ladies" are not supposed to tell.  A birth rite for the 21st century with the gas and air turned up to the max! 

  • Nominated BEST ACTOR, Performing Arts Award WA 2021
  • Nominated BEST THEATRE, Melbourne Fringe 2020

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Michelle is a performance maker living on Whadjuk Boodjar. Training includes devising with Teatro de Complicite (UK), physical theatre with Pan Theatre (FRA), Laban London, Café Reason Butoh (UK) and Forum Theatre with Cardboard Citizens (UK). Her current practice centres on embodied comic poetry with teacher Giovanni Fusetti (IT).

Credits include Walking on Eggshells (Oxford Youth Theatre), Scarlet Ribbons: An Intergenerational Loneliness Project (Oxfordshire Touring Theatre), The Lorax (Oxford Youth Dance), The Land That Disappeared (Peepolykus), Journeys To Freedom (Afro Karibean Kultural Heritage Initiative), Migration of Me (Lab Crea), MOTHERFESTO (Blue Room Theatre). A senior teaching artist with Barking Gecko, Michelle is studying an MA Theatre, VCA, University of Melbourne.

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For accessible booking information please visit the Perth Theatre Trust website. We recommend all accessible bookings are made at the venue box office or by calling Perth Theatre Trust on (08) 6212 9292.

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