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One and The Other


Wed 24 Oct 2018, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 4:00pm–5:00pm

Where: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GeneralAdmission: $30.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: magda

Circus luminaries, Debra Batton and Sue Broadway, bring their joyous show of aging disgracefully, One and the Other are back to La Mama in this new iteration.

The all-female team of Batton, Broadway, Blake, Bartholomew and Barrie reveal personal histories from vaudeville to the post-modern—making visible the middle-aged woman. Slipping irreverently between theatre, circus, dance and clown this is theatre that is shocking, outrageous, bold and yet surprisingly intimate. Debra Batton and Sue Broadway became friends working with Circus Oz in the 90’s, travelling all over the world, performing in theatres and circus big tops.

One and the Other tells the story of Sue and Debra—they are colleagues, collaborators and rivals that perform a physical theatre duet of dominance, subversion, restraint and celebration. Twenty years on this rare pairing of circus luminaries have reunited to make a one of a kind show expressing an older feminist perspective in this time of #metoo. It combines acerbic truths and audacious acts, in a wonderfully exposing and messy celebration of middle-aged gloriousness.

Hosted by the Victorian Seniors Festival, it is comically candid and slightly alarming. This duo performs like they have nothing to lose.

One and The Other brings together an award-winning team of artists. Devised by Batton & Broadway, performers Debra Batton and Sue Broadway, musical director and musician Teresa Blake, director Clare Bartholomew and designer Emily Barrie.

Debra Batton was the Artistic Director of Legs on the Wall for thirteen years and won two Helpmann Awards and one Angel award. She has also worked as a director and performer with Circus Oz, NICA, Magpie Theatre and the MTC Neon. This year she performed and co directed Casting Off with A Good Catch which was awarded the Total Theatre Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Sue Broadway was a performer, Artistic Director and founding member of Circus Oz and Ra-Ra Zoo. She created the show Eccentric Acts that toured Australia, UK, Andorra and Brazil for over six years. She was a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria where she produced, devised and performed in Vaudevillia most recently she directed Mirrored with young artists at the Circus Spot.