Leah Shelton


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Strapped in, belted up and dressed to kill, psycho siren Leah Shelton returns to Darwin with a horror show of pop psychology, guttural physicality and Prozac-laden humour.

“She’s off her trolley. Nuttier than a fruitcake. A couple of kangaroos loose in the top paddock”. Women have long been locked up, medicated, pathologised and silenced by a simple label – ‘crazy’. Batshit is a wildly theatrical, unexpectedly funny and deeply intimate interrogation of female madness. A requiem for Leah’s grandmother Gwen, it draws on personal stories to explore the myths, fantasies and fears that keep us compliant, and the systems that let us down.

Created by the killer team behind Bitch On Heat and Terror Australis, this is the third solo work by Leah Shelton, directed by Olivier award-winning performance artist Ursula Martinez (UK). Highly visual and provocative, this is physical comedy at its boldest and best.

  • It s moving and thought-provoking visual theatre thats also terrific fun.

    The Age
  • Dazzlingly electric.

    Theatre Matters
  • Creator/Performer Leah Shelton

  • Director Ursula Martinez

  • Story Consultant Christine Shelton

  • Sound Design Kenneth Lyons

  • Lighting Design Jason Glenwright

  • Costume Design Leah Shelton

  • Set Design Leah Shelton with Freddy Komp

  • Video Grace Uther (video content) & Freddy Komp (live feed, projection, systems design)

  • Set & Lighting Construction Freddy Komp & Stephen Rowan

  • VideoScenic Arting Shaun Caulfield

  • Production and Stage Manager Freddy Komp

  • Conceptual Collaborators Lisa Fa'alafi & Daniel Evans

  • Dramaturgical Consultant Saffron Benner

  • Choreographic Consultant Kate Harman

  • Pre-recorded vocals Naomi Price & Hugh Parker

  • Voiceovers Christine Shelton & Leah Shelton

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Developed with the assistance of Metro Arts.

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