Theatre, comedy


MJ Wilson performs this riotous, galloping ride as this comic mastermind and showman conjures 20 characters in a mind-blowing one-man show. Fasten your seat belts, stow your tray table. It’s time to board the flight of the Soft Butch Show Queen (SBSQ).

Director/ Dramaturg: Maude Davey, Musical Director: Will Conyers

‘Wilson is ahead of his time’ Out of the Pan, 3CR
‘He delivers & his commitment is staggering’ Theatre Notes
‘Wilson does something with dialogue that no other performers are doing’ Stephan Elliott, director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

This summer the Soft Butch Show Queen is your good time girl.


Testing Grounds

The following images are from the initial development showings at the Testing Grounds, 1 City Rd Southbank, Melbourne arts precinct, July, 7pm 26th & 27th 2018.

Through support of the Testing Grounds, a Creative Victoria initiative, I undertook a two week development residency period between the 16th to 29th of July, 2018. The response from the work was positive and was seen by approximately thirty people over two performances. As an outcome, it was clear further directorial, content and costume development was required before the next showings in 2019.

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Australian Cultural Fund

The project ran a campaign through the Australian Cultural Fund to generate revenue towards the marketing costs associated with the Adelaide Fringe programming. Overall this campaign achieved a positive response, receiving 18% of its funding target.

Australian Cultural Fund

The Butterfly Club

The Butterfly Club, 22nd to 26th of January 2019, various times, Carson Place, off Little Collins St, Melbourne

The Butterfly Club

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The Bakehouse Theatre

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The Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide Fringe – 4th to 9th of March 2019, 7:30pm, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide

The Bakehouse Theatre, Studio

Adelaide Fringe offical guide

Bank SA support Act

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Theatre Travels

Theatre Travels

Stage Whispers: review

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Theatre Travels (interview with Rosie)

Broadway World


Research Component

This document provides insight into the initial thinking about this project, undertaken as part of a Creative Practice Project for Arts Management Principles AMGT90001, September 2017, Master of Arts Management, at the University of Melbourne.


Will Conyers (musical direction), Steve Christie (backing, Vintage Keys, UK), Maude Davey (Direction), Kurt Sneddon (photography), Lucas Faria (graphic design, Graphicalism), Laura Milke Garner (producing mentoring, Milke), Dr Guy Morrow (coaching), Testing Grounds crew (Arie Rain-Gold, Trent Griffiths & Molly Braddon), The Butterly Club crew (Alexander Wollard, Tom Dickins, Simone Pulga), The Bakehouse Theatre crew (Pamela Munt), Tracey Johnson (Communications mentoring), Maree Marquis De Sade (Tailoring), John Jenkins (Technician Testing Grounds & The Butterfly Club).

Philanthropic Support

Testing Grounds (Creative Victoria initiative, in-kind), Dr Sandrine Balbow (donor), Katie Hicks (donor), Ann Tonks (donor), Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance (in-kind), Jason Coleman (mentoring / movement coaching).