BATSHIT

European Premiere | Presented by Leah Shelton & Quiet Riot by Leah Shelton, Directed by Ursula Martinez
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About

‘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, pathologized and silenced by a simple label - ‘crazy’.

BATSHIT is a wildly theatrical, unexpectedly funny, and deeply intimate story of female madness. Created by psycho-siren Leah Shelton (AU) and directed by Olivier award-winning performance artist Ursula Martinez (UK), this is a requiem for Leah’s grandmother Gwen, who was incarcerated for seeking independence in 1960s Australia.

BATSHIT draws on personal stories, pop psychology and Prozac-laden humour to explore the myths, fantasies and fears that keep us compliant, and the systems that let us down. Dedicated to all the women labelled hysterical, psycho, hormonal and deluded by a society that seeks to control and discredit their experiences.

BATSHIT is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Joel Devereux

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.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.


Reviews

★★★★★ 'Weaves together meticulous research and an incisive exploration of how gender influences psychiatric medicine.' - The Age

★★★★★ 'Moving and thought-provoking visual theatre that’s also terrific fun' - The Age

★★★★★ 'This show has the production values, and Shelton’s performance has the polish, of a work ready for international tour.' - The Age

“A deeply researched and considered piece ... Shelton is captivating.” - Theatre Haus

'Intense, funny, and confronting' - Backstreet Brisbane


If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on boxoffice@traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


Credits

  • DirectorUrsula Martinez (she/they)
  • Touring Co-Producer & AgentLinda Catalano (she/her)
  • Story Consultant, VoiceoverChristine Shelton (she/her)
  • Sound DesignKenneth Lyons (he/him)
  • Lighting DesignJason Glenwright (he/him)
  • Production & Stage Manager, Set Co-Design, Live feed, Projection & Video Systems DesignFreddy Komp (he/him)
  • Video contentGrace Uther (she/her)
  • Conceptual CollaboratorDaniel Evans (he/him)
  • Conceptual CollaboratorLisa Fa’alafi (she/her)
  • Dramaturgical ConsultantSaffron Benner (she/her)
  • Choreographic ConsultantKate Harman (she/her)
  • Vocals (Get Happy)Naomi Price (she/her)
  • Voiceover (Doctor)Hugh Parker (he/him)
  • Leah Shelton (she/they)

    Creator, Performer, Costume Design, Set Co-Design


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