Artemis: Utter Mess

Producer: Artemis Munoz
Writer: Artemis Munoz
Directed By: Artemis Munoz

A musical comedy about identity and finding the right language.

Synopsis

Non-binary, Asexual, Biracial AND Neurodivergent? Utter Mess!
A show about labels and the difference between the words that confine us and the words that set us free.

ARTEMIS: UTTER MESS welcomes you to join Artemis Muñoz as they unpack their journey to self acceptance live on stage!

This show is for anyone who has ever wondered where they belong or been confused about living in a world that takes issue with words of identity and community but is keen to put us in the wrong boxes nonetheless.
In this show, Artemis looks over their journey to self discovery as a non-binary, asexual, bi-racial and neurodivergent person through song, story and several excellent puns.

Short Reviews

Thoughtful and thought provoking. Hilarious and sad at the same time, but so damn creative. I've seen some unboxing videos on YouTube but I've never seen anyone unbox their own character on stage, being 100% honest, while wearing a dinosaur onesie! Art has given us a look into their world. What an amazing person! A unique piece of art!
Paul / Audience Review
If you feel lost about your identity, go see Utter Mess! Artemis takes you through their journey, and shows that it's okay to be confused and connects with you and what you're going through.
Peany / Audience Review
It was truly amazing to see so many intersecting identities spoken and sung about with equal measures raw vulnerability, improvised comedy and polished skill (what a voice omg!) It was both entertaining and all too real... I had never seen my own experiences reflected so earnestly and accurately in art before.
Rae / Audience Review

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Show will be re-lit on tour by the Touring TSM.

The audience and their entrance/exit should be lit, they will be kept on a low level throughout the show to allow people to go in and out as they need.

The show can be lit with a basic rig. Such as a 9 point downwash, front wash and back light. Additionally if there are some LED Pars/washes available for colour mixing.

The show can tour with it’s own ETC Nomad lighting desk on request (1:512)

A lighting plan can be prepared before the get in on request, and on the team receiving a venue tech spec.

Audio

Performer sings live, 9 songs, throughout the show. Between the songs the performer addresses the audience via speech.

To accompany the songs there is recorded accompaniment. This is in a Qlab file and will be operated by the touring TSM.

Playback should be heard by the audience and through an onstage monitor for the performer.

The Performer can wear a radio mic if needed for larger venues, live stream and if needed for hearing loops.

Staging

The performance area is a minimum of 4mX4m, preferably a black floor.

The stage should be clean and clear of any tape or trip hazards.

Drapes should be used to create a block box space, or bare walls are acceptable if painted black (Other solid-neutral colours may also be acceptable. Please consult with the producer to confirm). There is no need for an offstage exit as the performer remains on stage for the full show.

The set is made up of  34 Cardboard boxes of varying sizes.

Crew Notes

Quick Reference

  • 4mx4m Black box space
  • Playback from Qlab
  • Lighting from generic/festival rig, operated by touring TSM
  • All set and props toured
  • Operated by touring TSM
  • Touring Personnel: 2 (Performer and Touring TSM)

Transport Notes

A 4 door car with good boot space is sufficient to tour this work. This production could travel by plane but this would not be preferred for destinations reachable within a 12 hour drive.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Utter Mess is for:
• Members of the queer, disabled and cross-cultural communities — especially those who are trans, non-binary, asexual, aromantic, latinx, mediterranean, autistic or have ADHD. (and those who love or want to learn from us)
• Those exploring their identity/the words to describe themselves with
• Fans of musical comedy
• Fans of personal stories
• Late teens/young adults in stages of self-discovery
• Adults in stages of re-discovery
• Anyone who has ever felt forced into a box

Selling Points

  • Artemis: Utter Mess holds space for those in the disability, cross-cultural and LGBTQIA+ communities to feel seen and less alone.
  • The Utter Mess soundtrack album will be released on the 28th June 2024. This was created with the support of a Music Works grant from Creative Victoria.
  • Artemis Munoz is an award-winning and respected member of the queer and disability communities. In 2023 they were awarded the Stella Young Award and nominated for Music Victoria Amplify Award, showing that they command a high level of respect from the disability arts community both as an artist but also as an activist.

Community Engagement

  • For an additional fee I could host workshops on identity and the invisible barriers folks can face when they are a part of a systemically disadvantaged group. The structure could be something like this: 5-10 minutes - icebreaker game to get people engaged and to help shake off the nerves. 15-20 minutes - identity exercise in which attendees would decorate shirts with words they like to identify with and boxes with words that restrict them. I would then encourage everyone to knock down and recycle their boxes and the t-shirts would be theirs to keep. 20-30 minutes - barriers exercise in which the group would be split in three to do a creative decoration task. One of the groups will be given simple, specific instructions while others will have to work harder to access their instructions or materials.
  • I could offer a Q&A opportunity post-show. This will allow the audience to get acquainted with me and gain insights into how I make art, tell stories and do activism. I have attended and been a part of many shows in the past that have Q&As attached so it is something that won’t feel tacked on or unconventional. This would be limited to those already attending the show and would incur no additional costs.

Content Warning

Content Warnings: Coarse Language, Discussion/Exploration of Queerphobia (specifically aphobia and transphobia), Discussion/Exploration of Ableism and Abelist Language, Discussion/Exploration of Mental Illness, Mentions of Eugenics

Details

Contact

Artemis

Munoz

+61433962117

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

This show is best suited to a Black Box but could be comfortably performed in most other traditional stage environments or less conventional spaces like Halls and nightlife venues.

Duration

60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/01/2025

31/12/2026

Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $1200.00

Weekly Sell Off: $4200.00

Per Performance: $700.00-1000.00

Royalties: 10%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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