A Day At A Time in Rhyme

Producer: Lab Kelpie
Writer: Jane Clifton
Directed By: Terence O’Connell

A poem for every day. A story for every stage.


A Day At A Time in Rhyme is a one woman tour de force written and performed by industry veteran Jane Clifton, who headlined Lab Kelpie’s 2019 national tour of Spencer, and who is well known to regional audiences from her Prisoner days.

Using the four seasons as a framing device, A Day At A Time in Rhyme takes us into a year of Jane’s life as she peels back the layers to share her witty – and often poignant – observations on life, particularly from an older woman’s perspective, which we don’t often hear or see on stage.

notes from a throat
words on a page
wool on a needle
yarn on a hook
telling a song
writing a book
baking a tart
planting a seed
pruning a rose
playing a part
sewing some clothes
framing a shot
constructing a plot
solving a clue
it\’s what I do
to get through
to you

In this revealing, riveting hour-long performance, nothing is off limits as Jane reflects on – amongst other things – love and death and family, incontinence and wine, war and sex and Vegemite, footy, children, Christmas, Easter, and the best and worst of times.

when he was mine
I ruled the world
my joy
my little treasure
soft arms flung
about my neck
unbridled pleasure

when he was mine
I thought the time
would never come
the day would never dawn
when he\’d be gone
and I would wander
empty broken
and forlorn.

Supported by sound effects, music pads and projections, Jane will perform about 35 of the original 365 poems in a dramatised monologue, drawing on the personal to the universal as she runs the entire gamut of reflection, humour, tragedy, wit and whimsy.

The raw honesty and humour in the show provides an excellent opportunity for local communities to come together for an intimate hour of fun and reflection that will leave them feeling uplifted and more connected to themselves – and the people around them.

Short Reviews

An assured performance… ingenious and striking rhymes…. complex, subtle, allusive, clear… fans of Jane Clifton will enjoy this show immensely, but so would anyone who’s never heard of her.
Stage Whispers
I laughed out loud and shed a tear too. Storytelling from the heart! Bloody loved it all.
Audience Member


Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: 3 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No


The show utilises basic house stock (warm specials, some colours) with a mix of on stage prac lighting.

Community presenters can access a technical package for $500 for Lab Kelpie to meet required stage lighting.


AV patch point on stage to operate our supplied projector.


The set contains a chaise lounge, desk and chair and prac lighting. We will also provide a projector and portable screen as part of the set.

Transport Notes

Set will travel in a sprinter van with the stage manager. Cast will travel by car.

Audience & Marketing Notes

A Day At A Time in Rhyme speaks directly to a major ticket buying demographic – older female audiences.

It’s sense of nostalgia will appeal to them and their families, while the clever mash-up of cultural touchpoints ranging from music, TV, comedy and art will attract those in the 30-50 bracket seeking a more contemporary experience, too.

Literature, poetry, spoken word, family history and genealogy themes provide strong marketing hooks that speak directly to common audience interests.

Selling Points

  • Prisoner’s Jane Clifton returns to the stage in this comedic but touching one woman tour de force exploring life, love, and everything in between!
  • Presenting poetry for the stage in a way you haven’t seen before, Jane peels back the layers to share her witty – and often poignant – observations on life, particularly from an older woman’s perspective.
  • A unique and intimate hour of fun and reflection that will leave your community feeling uplifted, alive, and more connected to each other.

Community Engagement

  • Jane can offer a mix of Poetry, Crime Fiction and Memoir Writing workshops to compliment the show.
  • Jane can also deliver talks in libraries, functions or community events.
  • Post-show Q&As are provided at no additional cost.

Content Warning

Some strong language.





0409 234 618



Venue Format

Proscenium arch, Thrust, Black box, Flat floor, In the round, Halls, Libraries and other community spaces


60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $9935

Weekly Sell Off: $11580

Per Performance: $3000-4500

Royalties: 8%
Apra Obligations: Producer will cover APRA obligations.


Technical Specifications

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