When an ageing usher is recruited on stage to assist with a short- staffed European children’s theatre production, she discovers that to get the job done, she needs to travel back in time to unlock her own childhood.
Aided and abetted by her ushering colleagues, a Polish stage manager and a band of musicians, this journey goes someway to prove the platitude, “It takes a village to raise an old woman.”
Using the conceit of a children’s show and the structure of a fairy tale, It’s a Secret! is an adult work exploring transformation and the unconscious.
Deeply collaborative in its making, this multi-disciplinary work combines a dreamy children’s book about a midnight cat party with 4 aging actors, projection, choreography and an anarchic band singing gypsy/folk/punk songs from Odessa to create a joyously liberating theatrical adventure.
as NORMAN KOWALSKI
as MALCOLM THE CAT
as QUEEN OF THE CATS
LUCY GUERIN AO
Conceived by Rebecca Massey and Catherine Mcclements
Developed by Rebecca Massey, Catherine Mcclements, Jacek Koman, Julie Forsyth,
Melissa Reeves and Bruce Gladwin
Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson
Sound Designer: Harry Covile
Projections/Animation: Rhian Hinkley
THE BAND : VULGARGRAD
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It's A Secret is generously supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation.
This project is being assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council for the Arts.