Citizen Theatre in association with Theatre Works presents



Played at Theatre Works, September 28, 29 & 30 for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival

'Ascent' tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death. In her quest to feel forever fresh and live up others' and her own expectations of how she ought to be, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, ranging from haircuts to facelifts, and more invasive procedures. Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.

The Citizen Theatre ensemble tells this story by creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with an experimental use of song, voice and musical elements.

Photo credit: Stu Brown

Audiences LOVE Ascent!

Hear what the opening night audience had to say about our production

Reviewers said:

“Kirchert’s unique world tackles deep questions with zest and comedic flair” (Theatre Press)

“Ascent is an amazing experimental fusion of sight and sound” (Stage Whispers)

“Entertaining and thought-provoking, this is an innovative play that is an echo chamber of the unrealistic beauty standards that remain today” (BeMelbourne)

Read the full reviews by clicking on the reviewer name above.

Want to know more?

Watch our documentary series, "The Making of ASCENT", created by our resident visual designer Stu Brown          

Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 5

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episode 6

Eager to know more? Check out blog posts by the writer/director

CAST (alphabetical order)

Marty Alix

Jordan Barr

Kala Gare

Willow Sizer

Jessica Vellucci

Non-performing collaborators: Jenni Little

Special thank you: Jack Wunsch (early workshop collaborator)


Writer/Director/Producer: Jayde Kirchert

Composer: Imogen Cygler

Visual Design Collaborator/Graphic Design/Producer: Stu Brown

Lighting Designer: Ashleigh Barnett

Stage Manager/Operator: Sophie Andrew

Social Media Coordinator/Producing Assistant: Steph Clare-Cover

Publicist: Sassy Red PR


  • Theatre Works is an accessible venue for wheelchair users

  • For audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact us to view the script prior to seeing the show

  • If you have particular access needs, we encourage you to contact us or chat with the friendly staff at Theatre Works so you can be assured of a fantastic experience

This production is generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, as part of ShowSupport.

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