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The Female Subject


The Female Subject

A livestream performance project 

The Female Subject is a livestream event on Facebook.

This brand new project is one of a kind, giving viewers the chance to have a unique experience of art & performance through the magic of the internet. Each episode will go for about 15 minutes that you can watch live, anywhere you have an internet-connected device with access to Facebook.

The short scenes have emerged out of research undertaken in 2016. Over 60 female identifying Citizens of various ages and backgrounds were surveyed to get a sense of what it means to be a woman today. Many questions were looking at how a woman’s family and their expectations of women inform one’s experience of womanhood. Overall, the research pointed to some common themes and insights into what it feels like to be among the first generation/s of women to have experienced a range of things that were previously impossible.

The Female Subject will be presented as a series of Seasons, with 4-5 episodes in each Season. Our pilot episode is currently in development. Make sure you follow us on Facebook so you don't miss out!

Pilot Creatives
Writer & Director: Jayde Kirchert
Visual & Graphic Design: Stu Brown
Sound Design: Imogen Cygler

Pilot Cast
Kaori Maeda-Judge
Jordan Barr
Rebecca Moore
Jessica Vellucci
Willow Sizer

Public pilot episode coming to you in Summer 2018. Season One coming to you via Facebook Livestream in Autumn 2018.




Alexithymia | Citizen Theatre & A_tistic

Presented as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival

8 – 19 November 2017

Meat Market, Stables | Corner of Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne

Do you know how you really feel?

Citizen Theatre and A_tistic joined forces to create a new theatrical work, Alexithymia, which aimed to simulate an autistic experience of the world for audiences.

Alexithymia is a condition that noticeably affects 85% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is defined as an inability to name or describe emotions.

Developed and presented by a neuro-diverse cast and creative team, Alexithymia was a speculative fiction, featuring an interdependent and delicate mix of sensory stimuli, sound design and stylised performances.

Alexithymia was presented as three short works – Social_function.exe was about an autistic woman who invented an artificial intelligence implant to navigate a job interview; The Curious Case of You was a game show that put audiences’ emotional intelligence to the test; and Nirvana Syndrome followed a woman who had no desire for anything and was consequently defined by other people's expectations.

The Alexithymia season included a sensory friendly/relaxed performance.

Reviewers said:

“Alexithymia: Experience the World Through Autism is a truly brave work.” - The Melbourne Critique

"This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre ... directed with flair by and Jayde Kirchert and performed with exemplary timing by Emma Hoy, Keagan Vaskess and Nicola Bowman" - Stage Whispers

"At its best, Alexithymia probes [profound human questions] without skimping on emotional intelligence, nuance or complexity." - The Age


What people said about Alexithymia



Phillip Dallas - Sound Designer

Peter Amesbury - Lighting Designer

James Matthews - Dramaturge

Jayde Kirchert - Director/Co-Producer         

Tom Middleditch - Writer/Co-Producer         

Stu Brown - Visual Designer/Co-Producer


Emma Hoy - Yellow

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Nicola Bowman - Red

Production images

Photos by Thomas Overend


Inferno: a double bill

Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

Inferno: a double bill

Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

February 4th – 14th 2016
l1 studios in melbourne's cbd

Three independent theatre companies from Melbourne joined forces in a rare collaboration to present a never-before-seen double bill of Crestfall and Purgatorio. Both plays dared to push their characters to breaking point, testing their ability to cling to hope in extraordinarily cruel worlds.

By bringing these formidable plays together, Jayde Kirchert (Citizen Theatre) aimed to create a space where the ideas and themes from both shows could interact and “teach us more about who we think we are and who we might become if we found ourselves trapped in unbearable circumstances.”

Reviewers said:

Inferno: A Double Bill “These very strong offerings are the culmination of carefully considered work by skilled, hardworking theatre practitioners...I can’t really recommend Inferno highly enough”— Suzanne Sandow, Stage Whispers

Crestfall (part of Inferno: A Double Bill) "Crestfall is a mystery thriller with the harshness of Trainspotting ....The effects of this production are visceral and by the end my heart was pounding. Was it fear? Was it anger? I don’t know, but I am really glad I had the experience."— Samsara Dutton, Planet Arts

Written by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, Crestfall follows three tortured women for one day as they deal with violent atrocities in their dystopian, wasteland of a home. Olive, Alison and Tilly’s stories all clash in harrowing ways.

Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman, a Man and a Woman interrogate each other, unearthing their darkest sins and secrets in order to forgive and escape the room they’re trapped in, but redemption isn’t so easily obtained.

Production shots - Crestfall

What people said about Inferno: A Double Bill

crestfall cast and creatives


Jayde Kirchert - Director (and Producer of Inferno)

Janel Gibson - Stage Manager

Alexandra Suttie - Producing intern


Freya Pragt - Olive Day

Marissa O'Reilly - Alison Ellis

Marissa Bennett - Tilly McQuarrie

Sound design by Frost Fire Audio
Graphic design and photography by Worth A Shot Productions

By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd



Jason Cavanagh - Man

Freya Pragt - Woman



Celeste Cody - Director

Fiona Spitzkowski - Production Manager


  • Companion Cards were honoured
  • Though L1 Studios was accessible via stairs only, patrons were encouraged to contact Citizen Theatre to discuss access requirements
  • Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing



Nude At The Alex Theatre St Kilda

Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

Nude At The Alex Theatre St Kilda

Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

That 'Marilyn Monroe' show

Nude played a second season in the intimate black box theatre at the Alex Theatre St Kilda Aug 13-23 2015. With more songs, more stories, stunning costumes and set, complimentary lighting design and a more refined script, the show was a great artistic and collaborative achievement. We received national media coverage, with the likes of Triple J and The Age reporting on the season, as well as Broadsheet Melbourne.

The show received glowing reviews from critics and the public alike. Here are just a few:

"The writing by Kirchert is excellent, intelligent, engaging, fluid, almost academically philosophical prose" - read the full Theatrepeople review here.

"Carina Waye has the aura of Marilyn, both in spirit and physical beauty" - read the full Australian Stage Online review here.

"Nude is a gripping and tantalising evening in an intimate theatre that takes audience members into the past and into the intimacy of the thoughts, dreams, and regrets of an avatar – an extension of our own fantasies." - read the full St Kilda News review here.


Nude is available for tour bookings. Please get in touch if you would like to view our technical specifications or would like information regarding pricing.


About the show

'Nude' - beneath the beauty spot - is one-woman show that puts a new spin on the stories and songs of the greatest sex star that ever lived: Marilyn Monroe.

'Nude' will take you backstage and behind the scenes with one of the most iconic Hollywood celebrity figures of all time: beyond the publicity, beneath the beauty spot and the costumes.

Prepare to witness the heartfelt journey of a human being with hopes, dreams, heartache, memories and love, in her quest to become desired and desirable.

'Nude' features sweet and sexy tunes from the Marilyn Monroe's repertoire including "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Bye Bye Baby" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".

Please note: this show contains nudity and is not recommended for persons under 12 years.

What did people say about 'Nude'?


Performed by Carina Waye
Directed and Written by Jayde Kirchert
Music Direction by Trevor Jones
Produced by Glenn Ferguson
Stage Management by Vicki Heilbronn
Lighting Design by Peter Amesbury
Design by Marc McIntyre
Video & Photography by Worth A Shot Productions

View the trailer

Our supporters


Nude was supported by Creative Partnership Australia through MATCH Funding Program, The Ron & Marg Dobell Foundation, The Alex Theatre St Kilda and our 44 incredible supporters:

Citizen Nick Backstrom, Citizen Alana Tranter, Citizen Kingsley McGlew, Citizen Josh Robson, Citizen Peter de Groot, Citizen Rebecca Moore, Citizen Nick Bunning, Citizen Stefanie Jones, Citizen Catherine Glavicic, Citizen Nina Barry-Macaulay, Citizen Helen Bell, Citizen Evan James, Citizen Tom Lambert, Citizen Symon Kerslake, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Will Lime Balmford, Citizen Chenez Dyer Bray Paevere, Citizen Nicole, Citizen Nelson Gardner, Citizen Julia Doeven, Citizen Sasha Lipus, Citizen Vinay Kumar, Citizens The Cameron Family, Citizens Peter & Ann Welten, Citizen Isabelle Reynaud, Citizen Hannah Fredericksen, Citizens Leanne & Andrew Crane, Citizen Rory Godbold, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Lauren McKenna, Citizen Matt Olver, Citizen Anna Freeland, Citizen Marita Duggan, Citizen Leonie Simpson, Citizens Chris & Leonie Howard, Citizen Dierdre Robertson, Citizen Brenda Waye, Citizen Megan Howard, Citizen Helen Howard, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Hayley Sandpearl, Citizen Nicola Bramham, Citizen Kris Jones.

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar given to this campaign was matched dollar for dollar!



  • Auslan interpreted show was held Saturday 22nd August 2015 at 2pm
  • Companion Cards were honoured.
  • A lift was available for people unable to use the stairs.
  • Script was made available prior to the show upon request for patrons with accessibility requirements. 


For touring and all other enquiries, please use this form


The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Citizen Theatre reveals great depth of talent in their production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
— Jennifer Porter, Artshub

Wilde’s classic play, The Importance Of Being Earnest was presented at Como House's stunning Ballroom in South Yarra. The well received production saw all 12 shows completely sold out. Read a review here and here.

Creative Team
Directed and co-produced by
Jayde Kirchert
Produced by Carina Waye
Original music composed by Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer
Costumes by Marc McIntyre
Stage Management by Chenez Dyer Bray
Music Direction/Merriman by Patrick Paevere

Lady Bracknell by Jackie Rees
John Worthing J.P by Rory Godbold
Algernon Moncrieff by Nelson Gardner
Cecily Cardew by Hannah Fredericksen
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax by Lauren McKenna
Lane/Rev. Canon Chasuble D.D by Nick Backstrom
Miss Prism by Catherine Glavicic

This show was proudly supported by The City of Stonnington, with Citizen Theatre the recipient of the Arts and Cultural Sponsorship program to present this production. Many thanks also to the National Trust, Como House staff and volunteers, Grattan Gardens Community Centre staff, MTC, Australian Shakespeare Company, Mark Howard, Helen and Michael Howard, the entire Howard extended family, James Degenhardt, Marion Bernard and Brenda Waye for their help along the way.

Thanks also to our suppliers for their co-operation and support: Ganache Chocolates (South Yarra), Tivoli Road Bakery (South Yarra) and Campbells Cash and Carry (Clayton).

production snaps

Photography by Thomas Overend


Video by Heartless Corporation

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Nude at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

Nude at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

premiere season at
the 2014 melbourne cabaret festival

The premiere version of Nude was an original cabaret that put a new twist on the stories and songs of Marilyn Monroe. It was performed on June 28-29 at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival at Chapel Off Chapel. Read a review here.

Performed by Carina Waye
Directed and Written by Jayde Kirchert
Music Direction by Trevor Jones

Special thanks also to Ashleigh Voce (designer of select costumes), The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Chapel Off Chapel, The Ron & Marg Dobell Foundation and those who offered their support and feedback throughout the first development process.

Production snaps

Photography by Kingsley McGlew

trailer from premiere season

Video by Heartless Corporation

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Twelfth Night

Nothing that is so is so...

Twelfth Night

Nothing that is so is so...

This youthful company should be applauded for creating their own opportunity to showcase their talents. The performances and direction were confident
— Shirley Jensen, Stage Whispers

In December 2013 under former name, The Carving Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was presented at Hares and Hyenas Bookstore. Read a review here.

Creative Team
Directed and produced by
Jayde Kirchert 
Original music by Chris Beasley
Costumes by Marc McIntyre

Viola by Alana Tranter
Olivia by Hannah Fredericksen
Maria by Isabelle Reynaud
Feste by Nelson Gardner
Malvolio by Evan Lever
Antonio/Captain/Curio by Andrew Doyle
Sebastian by Michael Nikou
Orsino/Sir Andrew Aguecheek by Gareth Prosser
Sir Toby Belch by Simon Alderman

Thanks to Xtend Barre Melbourne for the use of their studios during rehearsals, the team at Hares and Hyenas and the many people who helped along the way.

Production snaps

Photography by Lucas Heil