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THEATRE: OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS

17 Mar 2018 | 7.30pm - 8.40pm

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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents Oedipus Schmoedipus by post
2016 WINNER Green Room Award Best Contemporary Performance Text

Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies of post have pirated the classics to confront the great unknown.

Oedipus Schmoedipus is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical canon. It’s joyful and dark, stupid and smart, hilarious and confronting.

An ambitious epic and an intentionally impossible task, Oedipus Schmoedipus takes dozens of the great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together and hands them back to the people.

For this mammoth undertaking of gore, laments and requiems, post are joined by a new cast of 25 locals for each performance. It’s a democratic theatrical extravaganza – there really isn’t anything quite like it.

Straddling live art, theatre and contemporary performance practices, post take being silly very seriously, and have a real commitment to innovation. Their deep irreverence for the institution of theatre and deep reverence for the magic moment of the liveness it houses has amused, bemused and probably annoyed audiences for the past ten years.

Warning: violence, realistic blood effects, coarse language, strobe lighting


Enjoy a pre-performance meal before your date with the ladies from Post. For $24, you can indulge in Roasted Duck Breast, Kipfler Potatoes, Spinach & Blood Pudding Sauce. Click here for dinner bookings


Directors: Zoë Coombs Marr & Mish Grigor
Written By: post (Zoë Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor & Natalie Rose) after Aeschylus, Anon, Barrie, Behn, Boucicault, Büchner, Chekhov, Euripides, Gogol, Goldsmith, Gorky, Hugo, Ibsen, Jonson, Marlowe, Mayakovsky, Molière, Pirandello, Plautus, Racine, Seneca, Shakespeare, and many many more)
Set & Costume Designer: Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall / Ross Graham
Composer & Sound Designer James Brown 
Dramaturg: Anne-Louise Sarks
Fight Director: Scott Witt
Producer: Harley Stumm for Intimate Spectacle
Originally produced by: Belvoir & post
Featuring: Mish Grigor, Shelly Lauman, and 25 local volunteers each show
Touring Production Team: Liam Kennedy, Theresa O’Connor


  • Mish Grigor (Co-Creator & Performer)
Mish Grigor is an artist who works with performance across a variety of contexts. She is currently the Australia Council's EMPAC New York artist-in-residence, and in 2017 she co-directed 'Second Hand Emotions' at Vital Statistix with SJ Norman and Sarah Rodigari. Recently she has toured 'The Talk' to BAC (London), Buzzcut (Glasgow), Forest Fringe (Edinburgh), and Metro Arts/Brisbane Festival, with further seasons announced soon for 2018. She an alumni of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program, undertaking an artistic director’s mentorship with Brett Sheehy. Recent other projects include 'WE ARE MOUNTAIN' with Zoe Scoglio, 'Ramble' for Punctum, 'Sex Talk' for Proximity Festival at Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, and 'Man O Man' for Festival  of Live Art. Her curatorial work includes 'WINNER!' for Firstdraft Gallery, The Imperial Panda Festival, and she was the co-founder of Quarterbred, an artist run initiative that established the Tiny Stadiums Festival in Sydney.
  • Shelly Lauman (Performer)
From Sydney, classically trained as an actor in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts, Shelly has performed for some of Australia’s most critically acclaimed theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir and Sydney Theatre Company. She has also worked as a writer, theatre maker and dramaturge. In 2015, Shelly earned her MFA in Film Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Upon returning to Austr salia, in 2017, Shelly was the recipient of the inaugural Australian Director's Guild/Metro Screen production fellowship and her short film BIRDIE is due to make the festival circuit this year.
  • Zoë Coombs Marr (Co-Creator)
Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. Her latest show Trigger Warning won the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award for best show, the Golden Gibbo, was nominated for a Helpmann Award and Best Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe and has been performed in NY, LA, London, NZ and at the Sydney Opera House. In 2017 she co-wrote, directed and starred in Wild Bore, with Adrienne Truscott and Ursula Martinez, at Malthouse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre (London) and Sydney Festival. In 2014, her five-woman ensemble play Is This Thing On? was presented at Belvoir Theatre and won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Ensemble and was nominated for Best New Australian Work. In 2012, her solo theatre/comedy work And That Was The Summer That Changed My Life was awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award and nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Other works include Gone Off or I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (Old Fitzroy Theatre, MICF 2012, SMAC award Best On Stage 2012) and Dave (MICF 2013, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, London). She is occasionally on telly and was a regular on ABC’s Dirty Laundry Live and in 2006 she won the National Poetry Slam Championships under dubious circumstances.
  • Natalie Rose (Co-Creator)
Natalie Rose is one third of the performance collective post, Creative Director at Shopfront Arts Co-op and has been involved in Australia’s Contemporary Arts scene for the past 18 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean and has previously trained at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and Urban Theatre Projects as a member of their ensembles. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at Sydney Festival, Belvoir Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Arts House (Melbourne), Cambridge Junction (UK) and Brisbane Powerhouse, to name a few. Nat has facilitated workshops for the past 18 years for young people and emerging artists with and without disability. Nat is committed to creating work with young people, emerging artists and community members wanting to share their voice and have their stories heard. In 2017, she has has directed Ever After Theatre’s How to Build a Home as well as Shopfront/ATYP’s Dignity of Risk which was awarded a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People. In 2017 with post, Nat premiered Ich Nibber Dibber in Sydney Festival, We Are The World with Country Arts SA in Mt Gambier as well as touring their 2014 Sydney Festival work Oedipus Schmoedipus to South America. In 2018 with post, Nat will tour Ich Nibber Dibber to APAM and Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne) as well as Oedipus Schmoedipus to Hong Kong. Nat and the Harness ensemble will begin first stage creative development on their second work in October 2018 supported by Bundanon Trust.
  • James Brown (Composer & Audiovisual Operator)
James Brown is a Sydney based composer who has worked collaboratively with companies both locally and internationally to produce soundtracks for performance, film, animation and games.  His process often involves creating music in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound. He holds a Visual Arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in Acoustic Physics from Sydney University.  He has extensive experience working in collaborative, multi-artform processes and has formed ongoing artistic relationships collaborations with artists and companies including: Bethesda, Victoria Hunt, Jane Campion, Adult Swim, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, William Yang, George Khut, Matthew Day, Hans Van Den Broeck (SOIT), POST, and Urban Theatre Projects.
  • Harley Stumm (Producer)
Harley Stumm, has worked in performing arts producing since 1994, and established the independent producing company Intimate Spectacle in 2012.  He’s currently collaborating with artists including post, Branch Nebula, hiphop choreographer Nick Power, and live art collective Field Theory. He has produced and toured works by those as well as indigenous choreographer Vicki Van Hout, Cambodian-Australian rocknroll band Cambodian Space Project, visual theatre makers Sam Routledge & Erth, and Lenine Bourke, to major festivals & venues nationally, regionally and internationally. Highlights include post’s Oedipus Schmoedipus bilingual presentation in Santiago, and a forthcoming adaptation into Cantonese; a national tour of Branch Nebula’s Helpmann Award-winning Snake Sessions to skateparks throughout Australia; presentations of Lenine Bourke’s The Walking Neighbourhood in Finland, and Cambodian Space Project in Kampot Cambodia. Previously, he was Producer at Performing Lines 2005-11, managing the Mobile States national contemporary touring program. He was Executive Producer and joint CEO at Sidney Myer Award-winning Urban Theatre Projects, 1995-2003. He undertook the National Touring Framework consultancy with Rick Heath for the Australia Council in 2011-12, instrumental in the recent positive reforms to performing arts touring.
  • Liam Kennedy (Production Manager)
Liam has worked internationally with the Summer Olympics, touring dance and theatre productions and nationally with some of the biggest performances building and delivering these shows. Recent engagements include Wizard of Oz, Muriel’s Wedding, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and Disney’s Aladdin. He has also toured contemporary performance work with Performing Lines, and was Production Manager at ATYP for several years.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration70 mins
No interval

Ages12+

CostAdult: $35
Concession: $25
Child under 16: $20
Seniors: $24
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Phone02 9824 1121

Emailreception@casulapowerhouse.com

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