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Forgotten Places


Forgotten Places

From the past a future begins

Playing at Chapel Off Chapel Mezzanine, February 13 - 17 2019

An experience awaits to ignite the depths of your imagination. Here, places once forgotten are transformed into visions of the future, where voices sing enchanting songs, architecture comes to life and colour rules supreme. Let your curiosity guide you through a labyrinth of art, design and theatrical wonder and discover delight in what could be.

Forgotten Places is supported by the City of Stonnington’s Arts & Cultural Grants program.

Tickets on sale soon!

Submit your photograph

Have your photo turned into an immersive theatre & art experience


Citizen Theatre is seeking photographic submissions from people who live, work or play in the City of Stonnington that highlight local areas that may have been forgotten about. It could be an area in the community you think has been forgotten about, or something you have become so used to seeing everyday that you’ve not noticed it for a while. We want you to send us your most creative images to help people feel inspired by the beauty that surrounds us all the time.

The Citizen Theatre team will incorporate and transform a selection of these photographic submissions into the ‘Forgotten Places’ immersive experience: an interactive future city, where paintings, sculpture, singing, storytelling, music and colour will give audiences of all ages a transformative experience to change the way they view and interact with their local area.

Submissions close 11.59pm Friday 30th November.

How to submit:

There are 3 ways you can submit:

  • Upload your photograph to Instagram, tag @citizentheatreau and use #citizentheatre OR

  • Upload your photograph to Facebook and tag @CitizenTheatreAU OR

  • Email your photograph to info@citizentheatre.com.au (you can email us a Dropbox link or simply attach the photo to the email)

Successful entrants will be notified by Friday 6 December.

Free Guided Photography Walk

To inspire Stonnington locals with their photographic submissions for the ‘Forgotten Places’ Immersive Experience, Citizen Theatre are holding a ‘Forgotten Places Photography Walk’ - a free guided photography walk with Citizen Theatre’s visual designer Stu Brown. The walk encourages people to see the world around them with a fresh perspective through the art of photography. It is for people of all ages who live, work or play in the City of Stonnington.

  • Saturday 24th November

  • 1.45pm - 4.00pm (includes a 15 minute introduction and a break)

  • Meeting location is Chapel Off Chapel (12 Little Chapel St, Prahran)

No previous experience necessary! By taking part in the walk you will:

  • Learn new observation skills and learn to think like an artist

  • Have the skills to submit a high-quality photograph for our exhibition

  • If selected, your photograph will inspire and be included in the Forgotten Places Immersive Experience

  • Best of all, it’s free!

Participants must be comfortable moving around for 2 hours. Participants must bring their own camera as they will not be provided (any camera can be used - digital, film, mobile phone, tablet, instant/polaroid etc.). Please note children must be accompanied by parents.




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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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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 event goes for approximately 5 minutes that you can watch live, anywhere you have an internet-connected device with access to Facebook.

The short events 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 events in each Season. Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Youtube so you don't miss out!


First event: Claws
Livestreamed Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7.30pm AEST


Third event: Egg
Livestreamed Sunday 6th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST

Second event: A - Z
Sunday 29th April 2018, 7.30pm AEST


Fourth event (season finale): Remember
Released Sunday 13th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST 

Pilot Creatives
Writer & Director: Jayde Kirchert
Visual & Graphic Design: Stu Brown
Sound Design: Imogen Cygler
Director of Photography & Livestreaming: Thomas Overend
Digital Media Coordinator: Steph Clare-Cover

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




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

Sophie Andrew - Stage Manager

Jacinta Anderson - Production Assistant 

Jayde Kirchert - Director/Co-Producer         

Tom Middleditch - Writer/Co-Producer         

Stu Brown - Visual Designer/Co-Producer

James Matthews - Dramaturge

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Alexithymia was part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival The production was a collaboration with A_tistic.



Emma Hoy - Yellow

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Nicola Bowman - Red



Production images

Photos by Thomas Overend


  • Companion Cards were honoured

  • Meat Market was accessible for patrons with wheelchair access requirements

  • Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing

  • There was a sensory friendly/relaxed performance

  • A donation was made for another Poppy Seed Festival show to have an AUSLAN interpreted performance


Inferno: a double bill

Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

Inferno: a double bill

Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

Citizen theatre In collaboration with 5pound theatre & attic erratic

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

Crestfall (Citizen Theatre production)
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 (A 5pound theatre & Attic Erratic production)
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.

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What people said about Inferno: A Double Bill

crestfall cast and creatives (citizen Theatre production)


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

purgatorio CAST AND CREATIVES (5 pound theatre & Attic erratic production)


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 see our Touring Shows page for more information.


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
Executive Producer Jayde Kirchert
Production interns Marc Angelovski & Millie Cooper

Nude (2014 & 2015) is based on early conceptual developments undertaken by Jayde Kirchert & Carina Waye.

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. 



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).

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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 & co-produced by Carina Waye
Directed, written & co-produced 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.

Nude (2014 & 2015) was based on early conceptual developments undertaken by Jayde Kirchert & Carina Waye.

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