BATSH*T – A wildly theatrical, unexpectedly funny, and deeply intimate story of female madness

Strapped in, belted up and dressed to kill, psycho siren Leah Shelton returns to the stage with a horror show of pop psychology, guttural physicality, and Prozac-laden humour in BATSHT at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre as part of Melbourne Fringe from 5 – 15 October. Created by the killer creative team behind BTCH ON HEAT and TERROR AUSTRALIS, this is the third solo work by psycho siren Leah Shelton, directed by Olivier award-winning performance artist Ursula Martinez (UK).

Women have long been locked up, medicated, pathologized and silenced by a simple label – ‘crazy’. A requiem for Leah’s grandmother Gwen, BATSHT is a wildly theatrical, unexpectedly funny and deeply intimate interrogation of female madness that draws on personal stories to explore the myths, fantasies and fears that keep us compliant, and the systems that let us down. “It’s been a new process for me to create such a personal work. Bringing my mum into the rehearsal room has brought us both closer and created a space for conversation and reflection around what is a pretty tricky subject matter,” says Shelton.

BATSHT comes to Melbourne following a sold out season with Metro Arts as part of the 2022 Brisbane Festival. As a solo artist, Leah has played on and off West End productions in London as well as cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club, Vegas Nocturne and Jonny Woo’s Infamous Un-Royal Variety Show. Her first solo work, TERROR AUSTRALIS, received numerous awards and toured Australia and France. Leah’s second solo work BTCH ON HEAT has toured to major festivals in Australia and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim and standing ovations. With Lisa Fa’alafi, Leah is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, creating hyper-visual works underpinned by diversity and collaboration.

“doesn’t waste a single moment – a transfixing combination of fierce intellect, intense presence and bold physical comedy” ★★★★½ (The Age) BATSHT
Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival

5 – 15 October 2022
Wed to Sat 8pm I Sun 6pm I Sat 15 October 2pm
Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre
$35 Adult | $28 Conc. | $30 Darebin resident | $15 Blak Tix
Visit www.arts.darebin.vic.gov.au for bookings and further information.

Suitable for ages 14+.
Approximate running time: 50 mins.

Warnings: This work explores reference to institutionalised medical treatment. It also contains coarse language, sexual references, haze/smoke effects and strobe lighting. Auslan interpreted performances will occur on Thursday 13 October.
For wheelchair and accessible bookings, please contact ticketing@darebin.vic.gov.au


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