Award-Winning Solo Shows
The GIrl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign
An aspiring actress, Evie Edwards, clutches the sides of the Hollywood sign. Looking out over the lights of Los Angeles, and the studio system that produced her nightmare, she charts a nostalgic journey through the golden age of Hollywood, told from a fresh and dark perspective. The show’s affecting Technicolor-styled performance makes a poignant statement about the human cost of America’s dream factory.
The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign includes songs composed for cinema’s greatest stars - Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow and more.
Joanne Hartstone is Evie Edwards - the girl who has only ever wanted one thing: to be a star.
"It’s a tale we’ve heard a hundred times before – of broken dreams and shattered lives. But not like this. Not with such emotional truth; not with a roller-coaster ride of feelings, rising to the crest of hopeful possibility and plummeting to the depths of reality, rolling along the rails of innocence into the pit of naivety, only to pick oneself up and resume the steep climb towards the impossible star.” - Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle
That Daring Australian Girl
“I was born a suffragette. I saw that the world treated women unfairly, and rebelled. The Women of England demand the Vote!” - Muriel Matters
That Daring Australian Girl is the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters; the Adelaide-born actress and agitator who became one of the leading figures of the UK’s Suffragette movement and was the “Foremost Woman Orator in Britain.”
As well as a highly skilled elocutionist, Muriel Matters (1877-1969) was also a journalist, a lecturer, a teacher and a political candidate. Matters' background as a South Australian gave her the added token of enfranchisement - Muriel had already voted twice before journeying across the world and she extolled the South Australian virtues of equality and freedom.
Most famously, Matters chained herself to the grille of the Ladies’ Gallery in the British House of Commons in a spectacularly successful stunt to gain attention for the Suffragette movement. Her celebrity then extended around the globe when she crash-landed a hot air dirigible balloon whilst attempting to fly over London.