BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza

Producer: Bullet Heart Club and Theatre Works
Writer: Travis Alabanza (they/them)
Directed By: Kitan Petkovski (he/him)

Award-winning trans show with a recipe for reclamation


Imagine a burger. The archetype. The emoji. The real… burger.

Now imagine how they are made. How they smell. How they feel in your hands. How they taste. How they travel through the air.

In broad daylight in April 2016 at Flinders Street Station, a burger was thrown at Kikki whilst someone shouted a transphobic slur. Over one hundred people saw, and no one did anything. To understand this act of violence, Kikki needs to make a burger – with the help of a stranger.

Funny, confronting, flirtatious and sometimes a bit messy, BURGERZ combines confessional storytelling, live cooking, and audience interaction to recreate a trans person of colour’s lived experience. Poignantly unpredictable, BURGERZ lifts the lid off gender and race politics by asking us to reflect on our own complicity. To be unregulated is to be dangerous.

Short Reviews

★★★★★ Temple is a force of nature... daring and provocative.
A star-making central performance... It is expert metatheatre. For the third time this year, Theatre Works has another hit on their hands.
When it comes to smashing barriers to performance, Kikki Temple really knows how to make an entrance...a joyful celebration of gender diversity.
This show has a big heart and a lot of humour...deserves to be seen by every young person in this country.


Technical Information

Touring Party: 4
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 4 hrs
Interval: No


  • A pre-rig of show plan is required to be completed prior to the company’s arrival.

Plans to follow. 

  • BURGERZ lighting is run via Qlab.


  • High quality professional sound system appropriate for space.
  • Stereo left and right, plus sub 
  • 1x Wireless system + headset  
  • Sound is run via Qlab


  • A minimum of 10m x 8m of clear stage space is required.
  • Hazer required.

Crew Notes

The Touring company will include a Production Manager who will lead the bump in and out, as well as a Stage Manager to operate the show.

Additional Crew for bump in include:

  • 2 x Lighting Staff (for 8-hours) to assist with installation of touring lighting components and lighting plot
  • 1 x Mechanist/Staging Staff (for 4-hours) to assist with installation of touring set components
  • 1 x Audio Staff (for 4-hours) to assist with installation of PA, touring audio and video components and sound plot

Transport Notes

  • Set can travel in a 1 tonne van (2 persons)
  • Plus a car is required for performer and tour manager (2 persons)

Audience & Marketing Notes

BURGERZ is for:
– those who appreciate cutting edge contemporary theatre
– lovers of comedy, pop culture and heartfelt stories based on real life
– supporters and members of LGBTQIA+ & BIPOC communities. The show celebrates queer culture and can transform the lives of trans/gender-non-conforming people who may not see themselves represented in cultural events.
– Cis audiences looking to learn more about the experiences of trans and people of colour in Australia.

Selling Points

  • International global hit play by one of the UK’s hottest young non-binary writers.
  • Helmed by the Green Room Award winning team behind “The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven”, this Australasian production is the first international production to feature a new performer in the lead role; Melbourne’s most exciting up-and-coming Pasifika trans artist Kikki Temple.
  • Funny, deeply emotional and right on the frontline of the conversation of gender

Community Engagement

  • Forums and Post show talks

Content Warning

Strong Language and Adult Themes. Real meat cooked onstage.




Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Flat floor, Black Box, Studio


75 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: $20,000

Weekly Sell Off: $16,000

Per Performance: $10,000

Royalties: 13%
Apra Obligations: 3 x published tracks used in production, pending approval.

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