Underneath Ms Archer

Producer: Peter Houghton & Louise Siversen & Nicholas Clark Management
Writer: Peter Houghton & Louise Siversen
Directed By: Peter Houghton

A dynamite time travel comedy

Synopsis

“Siversen is such a wonderful comic actor” Artshub
‘Houghton’s physical comedy is an absolute shining light” Theatermatters

A dynamite time travel comedy featuring two of Australia’s funniest actors, Louise Siversen and Peter Houghton. UNDERNEATH MS ARCHER slams a 21st century woman face to face with a medieval man in a culture war that takes no prisoners.

A show for the ages, playing with ideas of cancellation, reconciling one’s past, and the confusions and quandaries of life right now.

On a long haul flight, attendant Kelly Archer does something that she can’t undo– and the internet has a field day.
The story plays with concepts of the Magna Carta, cancellation, and compromise.

All this – wound tightly into a comedy about how being stuck with family can sometimes suck.!
Houghton has won Green Room awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Australian Play.
Siversen was nominated for a Silver Logie for Janus and is well known for her portrayal of Lou Kelly in Prisoner.

Short Reviews

Witty, intelligent, audacious, ridiculous
Kate Herbert
A hilarious time-travelling experience
Just talking entertianment

Video

Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

  • LX would be pre-rigged prior to set bump in by venue.
  • Standard Lighting Design available. (See image attached)
  • Will be adjusted for each venue
  • LX also utilises 2 smoke machines and 1 geyser.
  • Current plan is based on approx 35 – 40 lamps

Audio

  • Tours on Q Lab
  • Standard speaker layout with one speaker U/S of
  • set to cover local effects, phone etc.

Staging

  • Min stage – 9.4 m wide X 5.4m deep
  • Approx Bump in Time for set 3-4Hours with venue staff
  • Set plan attached with photo reference – height is 3600mm to border.
  • In proscenium we would page house curtain or mask to edges of set and fly border.
  • Actors would be pre-set.
  • Floor unit rostra cut for touring so set is walls and stairs unit only.

Transport Notes

  • 1 tonne van and car for cast

Audience & Marketing Notes

Theatre lovers
History buffs
Drama Students ( VCE Playlist)
ABC TV Drama watchers
Women (strong female lead)
Physical Comedy lovers (Mr Bean)
Those who like to eat and dunk TimTams in hot drinks!

Selling Points

  • Comedy Extremely funny new Australian work bound for London’s West End that uses witty dialogue and fantastic physical comedy to deliver an international story.
  • Star Performers Peter Houghton has appeared in many of Australia's favourite TV shows including Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Killing Time, Hoges, Molly, Gallipoli and played the iconic role of Richie Benaud in the hit mini series Howzat. Peter has won 3 Green Room Awards
  • Louise Siversen is a highly respected and accomplished actor. She has worked extensively in Film,Theatre and Television for over 40 years and has appeared in many of Australia’s most respected TV shows. Siversen was nominated for a Silver Logie for Janus and is well known for her portrayal of Lou Kelly in Prisoner.
  • Design The set and costume design team (MTC regulars) have created an ingenious set with many great reveals to surprise the audience. These are complemented with an excellent sound and lighting design.

Community Engagement

  • Comedy Workshops

Content Warning

Strong langauge

Details

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box

Duration

90 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/01/2025

31/12/2026

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: $20000

Weekly Sell Off: $20000

Per Performance: $9900

Royalties: 14%

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