Garage Girls

Producer: Three Birds Theatre and The Shift Theatre
Writer: Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway (Three Birds Theatre) in collaboration with Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins (The Shift Theatre)
Directed By: Jessica Arthur



Imagine…1920’s Melbourne-the advent of the motorcar! Society reels from the aftermath of war and a second

wave of Spanish flu wreaks havoc on the streets. Theatres buzz with vaudeville hacks and men with an eye for enterprise seize every opportunity to weasel wealth. Meanwhile, one small woman defies convention and makes her mark…

Meet Alice Anderson. Mechanic. Trailblazer. Entrepreneur. Part history, part farce, part who-done-it, Garage Girls shines a light on one remarkable young woman’s short but eventful life. Who was Alice Anderson? Why did she drive her baby Austin all the way to Alice Springs? Who were all those women, dressed in greasy dungarees… and don’t they look a little bit like men? Inspired by actual events and realised for theatre with a healthy dose of magic realism, breathtaking sound design and many colourful characters, played by five actors- Garage Girls is a rollicking ride celebrating a Victorian icon.

Welcome to Miss Anderson’s All Girl Garage!

Short Reviews

I was completely absorbed in the story, transported a hundred percent. Powerful and really, really beautiful.
We are so lucky that Garage Girls was brought down here to regional Victoria, we can\'t thank Three Birds Theatre & The Shift enough!
The Shift Theatre and Three Birds Theatre are two of Victoria’s leading independent theatre making companies, creating original and entertaining works, which highlight Australian stories. Both companies create productions that are highly flexible, entertaining and have been equally enjoyed in larger Performing Arts Centres as well as more remote town halls and community centres.

Technical Information

Touring Party: 6 (5 actors and 1 crew)
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hours (radio play version) or 3 hours (full production) hrs
Interval: No


TBC depending on if you choose to program the radio play version or the full production version.


  • PA system (radio play version)
  • Audio requirements TBC (full theatrical version)


  • Garage Girls can be adapted for different venues – traditional theatre spaces and non-traditional spaces e.g. car museums, old garages. Please contact us for further information.
  • Further staging requirements TBC.

Transport Notes

  • 8 seater people mover (Radio play version) 
  • TBC (full theatrical production)

Audience & Marketing Notes

Two versions are on offer: a staged radio play (suitable for smaller, non-traditional theatre spaces; art galleries, old garages) OR a full theatrical production, at home in larger performing arts centres.

Target audiences include:
Women in trades: through bringing to life the story of real-life mechanic Alice Anderson, female mechanics and women in trade, will enjoy being represented on stage.
Veteran car clubs.
Theatre Lovers
History buffs
Queer community
VCE Drama/History

Selling Points

  • Car clubs? Organise a group ticket deal for the veteran car club; encourage audience members to bring an item from their garage to help the actors dress the set: e.g. a wrench, an oil drum!
  • Historical society? Invite the local historical buffs and encourage them to mingle with the cast afterwards.
  • Book club/CWA members? Read \'A Spanner in the Works\' by Loretta Smith and join us for the live stage show!

Content Warning

Adult themes and loud sound effects








Venue Format

Art Space? Old Garage? Car Museum? This unique, compact production is equally at home in conventional art spaces and inspired site specific areas. The staged radio play can fit in any space, any size. Full theatrical production would need no more than 6x8.


80 minutes Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

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: $15,800.00

Weekly Sell Off: $11,800.00

Per Performance: $5,200.00

Royalties: 12%%


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