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BY GITA BEZARD

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Katie, Grace, Mia and Darcy are your average young girls. They love boys and dresses and the idea of a feminist future. Everything about them is normal. Except their friends die on a monthly basis.

Except their lives are in danger if they go out after dark.

Except they aren't really your average young girls at all.

Girl Shut Your Mouth is an exciting dark comedy by Australian playwright Gita Bezard about ordinary living in an extraordinarily violent world.

When Katie gets shot, she is invited to go to a place where people are friendly, the drinks are minty and no one tells you how to live your life. Her friends, Mia and Grace, wracked with jealousy, resolve to join Katie on her journey. The only problem is the price of admission.

The production comes direct from the Adelaide Fringe Festival and marks the SYDNEY PREMIERE.

ANTONIA KORN

Antonia is a Sydney-based Theatre and Screen actor who is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, and has over ten years of dance and acting training. For the past two years, Antonia has performed at multiple Revues for her university, including Women’s Revue, which headed to the Sydney Comedy Festival this year after an extremely successful run. Passionate about female-driven theatre, Antonia is looking forward to bringing Girl Shut Your Mouth to an Sydney audience, and is excited to be working on an Australian play that showcases the best of what this country has to offer.

KAYLEE ASHTON

Kaylee is currently studying a Bachelor or Creative Arts (Theatre) at University of Wollongong, balancing her love for both acting and technical aspects of theatre! Kaylee has also been trained in dance and voice in both Adelaide and Sydney. She has loved being involved in the Illawarra theatre scene so far, performing in Rising Arts Productions’ sold out season of ‘Heathers: The Musical’; directing and acting in multiple short plays at the 2018 and 2019 Short + Sweet Illawarra Festivals, several of which were selected to be staged at Short + Sweet Sydney; and is currently rehearsing for her most recent production, ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’, written by Steve Martin, at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre.

Kaylee is also experienced in Stage Managing, Sound Design and Costume Design, often taking on multiple roles within a single production.

KOBI TAYLOR-FORDER

Kobi is a Sydney based actor and theatre maker. While completing her BA in Performance from the University of Wollongong, Kobi developed a passion for blurring the lines between contemporary, political and musical theatre. She is passionate about performances that come from truth, and that play with dramatic aesthetics and themes.  
 During her time at university, Kobi made her directorial debut with ​‘No Doubt, ​ ’ staged in 2017 for UOW’s Student Productions. She is also currently developing ‘Angry Girl,’ a one woman show for those facing a quarter life crisis. She hopes to take this to festivals, theatre companies and residencies around Australia.  
 
In recent years, Kobi has continued her education, completing a year long screen acting course at Screenwise Australia. Kobi also made her Sydney acting debut in Gom Jabbar’s ​‘Monument’ ​ , as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018. She is currently part of the creative development of ‘A Farewell to Arms: A Lovecraftian Sex Comedy’ for Merrigong Theatre Company. 

SOPHIE STRYKOWSKI

Sophie is an actor, comedian and solo performance artist who graduated from the University of New South Wales with first-class honours in Theatre and Performance. Most recently, she performed with Eye Contact Theatre in Hairworm at the Old 505. She has also appeared with Ratcatch in Van de Maar Papers and ATYP in Intersection: 2019 Arrival at the SBW Stables Theatre. Some of her other credits include Play On at the NIDA Luminous Theatre, Punk Rock at Studio 1 and Love and Information with the Creative Practice Lab. Sophie is also a sketch comedy writer and performer, and her group, the Lazy Susans is encoring their production, The Day That Changed Potato Bay at the 2020 Sydney Comedy Festival. 

GITA BEZARD: PLAYWRIGHT

GITA BEZARD is a playwright, director, performer and theatre maker, living between Melbourne and Perth.

In 2016 she was nominated for The Victorian Premier’s Award for her play Girl Shut Your Mouth, which premiered at Black Swan State Theatre Company. She has twice won the Black Swan Emerging Writers Award. She has been commissioned in 2017 by Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, in 2019 and 2015 by Curtin University and in 2013 by Perth Theatre Company to adapt two short plays by Eugene Ionesco. In 2012 she received a DCA Fellowship to do professional development in the UK and USA.

 

For The Last Great Hunt:  Perpetual Wake, Le Nor (Perth Festival), Stay With Us, Improvement Club, The Talk, The Advisors, Price Tag, Monroe and Associates, All That Glitters, Minnie and Mona Play Dead.

CARLY FISHER: DIRECTOR

Carly is the Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Travels. ⠀

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For NO : INTERMISSION 2020, Carly is Directing Girl Shut Your Mouth and Co-Directing In Their Footsteps, as well as proudly Producing all 8 shows. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Before N:I 2020, Carly will Direct and Produce Girl Shut Your Mouth at the Bakehouse Theatre as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Carly will also Produce and Stage Manage Bleach for the Festival. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In 2019, Carly Produced and Co-Curated the inaugural NO : INTERMISSION festival, as well as Directing Final Placement by Ara Watson, Falling Skies by Brayden⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Frascone and Co-Directing Albumen by Mishka Lavigne.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Carly Produced and Co-Directed Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Companies’ The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project:10 Years Later at the Seymour Centre in 2018.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In 2019, Carly was selected to be part of the Broadway Evolved Program for an intensive course in New York City.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For Carly’s full bio and credit list, visit www.theatretravels.org/about

Read reviews from the Adelaide run (March 2020)

Photographer: Don Brice