Stickybeak

Producer: The Beaks
Writer: Kimberley Twiner, Jessie Ngaio, Patrick Dwyer, Laura Trenerry
Directed By: Lily Fish

A hilarious physical comedy about the neighbours you know and love to hate.

Synopsis

Stickybeak is multi-character, expertly observed, laugh-out-loud physical comedy set on a street everyone will recognise.

Feral toddlers always escaping onto the street, uppity teens sneaking home drunk, exhausted parents dying for a ciggy, white collar snobs obsessed with their roses, nosey passive aggressive oldies, cats in heat, dogs on the loose, snails, magpies, rotten figs and everything in between. The audience delights as they bear witness to suburban mayhem at its finest.

The ensemble of four performers masterfully shift between 15+ characters, as the mundane drama of a suburban street unfolds. They play through a plethora of neighbourly interactions, each one more ridiculous than the last; laugh-out-loud scenes inspired by everyday life.

Who would have thought there could be so much drama in just one day around these three little fences?

Short Reviews

Stickybeak is brilliantly paced and it’s a rollicking, silly, well-played, joyous ride.
The Age
It’s classic Aussie humour, but reinvented – if you took Kath and Kim and The Castle and turned it into a physical comedy show, you've essentially got Stickybeak.
Time Out
Absolutely delightful show that has you laughing out loud within seconds of its start.
Stage Whispers

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 4
Bump-in Time: 5 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

  • Standard lighting rig.
  • Min x4 conventional Fresnel’s focused to a stage wash.
  • Min x4 LED wash focussed as back light / side light.
  • X1 profile focussed as centre spot.

Audio

  • There is no amplified sound in this show.
  • Standard PA with AUX cord for pre-show music.

Staging

  • 6x set pieces – 3x fences, 2 free-standing flats and 1 ladder provided by The Beaks
  • Stage plan here

Transport Notes

Notes on flexibility:

  • Can be scaled up to meet bigger spaces.
  • Can’t be scaled down to smaller venues.
  • Transport:
  • Touring vehicles are x1 van and x1 car OR x2 large cars.
  • Yes, it could travel by plane. Though if this is for Victorian shows we would transport by car only.

Audience & Marketing Notes

• Baby Boomers – people nostalgic for Kath & Kim, Neighbours and Fast Forward. Great for a friends night out, or as a couple’s date night.
• Families – good for teens and tweens and young families of age 9+, the content is simple, funny, very relatable and G-rated.
• Millennials – will appreciate the light hearted satire of the Australian mythology of ‘the perfect little street’ – it flips ‘the functioning normal nuclear family’ on its head.
• High schools and theatre students.

Selling Points

  • Winner - Best Comedy Award, Melbourne Fringe 2023.
  • 5 stars in The Age
  • Hilarious, recognisable, true blue Aussie characters - light hearted, new writing that makes audiences laugh at themselves
  • Virtuosic physical comedy, featuring strong, eccentric characters, mime, minimal set and costumes.
  • Suitable for the whole family (age 9+)

Community Engagement

  • Physical Theatre 101 (theatre workshop)
  • Physical Comedy Skills 101
  • Clown Comedy 101
  • Embodied Comedy (creating characters from the body)
  • Wiggin’ Out (creating characters from wigs)
  • Costume Creations (creating characters from costumes)
  • Creating Characters 101 (adults)
  • Creating Characters 101 (kids)

Details

Contact

Kimberley

Twiner

0468664466

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Minimum stage area 4.5m deep x 5m wide, Raked seating

Duration

55 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

02/02/2025

01/12/2026

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

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: $10000

Weekly Sell Off: $10000

Per Performance: $4000

Royalties: n/a%
Apra Obligations: n/a

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