The Suitcase Royale

 

The Suitcase Royale

Found in a dumpster by an old man on the night of the fifty year storm, The Suitcase Royale were carried home in the boot of a Kingswood and locked in an attic for ten years. When they emerged, they began traveling the world, performing their strange collections of comedy, theatre and live music across the USA, Europe, The UK and their mother country, Australia.

Then they disappeared as quickly as they had arrived. Some thought them dead, buried, gone for good, but those who knew them well knew they had returned to that very attic of the imagination from whence they came to build again. Soon, welding lights flashed beneath the door, the sound of high powered machinery and early seventies rock wafted across the surrounding houses, then all fell silent. Until today...

"Wallace and Gromit meets David Lynch, Five Stars!" 

-Montreal Gazette

"MOVE OVER FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, THE AUSSIES ARE COMING BACK TO TAKE THE TITLE"

THE SCOTSMAN UK

 

WINNER

THE GOLDEN GIBBO M.I.C.F.

WINNER

THE GUARDIAN CRITIC's PICK LONDON

WINNER

TIME OUT CRITIC'S CHOICE

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The Ballad of Backbone Joe

Backbone Joe is a bare-knuckle fighter in a dusty town in outback Australia. He fights in the local abattoir for the town butcher and fight promoter Messy Dimes Dan. Detective Von Trapp rolls into town stinking of whiskey and looking to solve a mystery. This Film Noir farce is a wild ride of live music, flying fists and fancy footwork.

"If Dr Frankenstein had lent his skills to the performing arts, this is what might have resulted." 

-The Age

 

Performance Highlights

SOHO Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company

Pittsburg Festival

Community Town Halls from Victoria to Wairarapa

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Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon

The Butcher and the Doctor are up to something, and the Newsman sniffs a story that will take him deep into the dead heart of Australia. Deliciously dark and exquisitely crafted, Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon is a funny, sad and surreal fairy tale for grown-ups. Inspired by 1920’s radio, backyard invention, and the unique dark setting of the middle of Australia.

“Visionary, emancipated and transformational…A work of theatre achingly undiluted joins the soul of madcap anarchy found in the best of the Marx brothers to the self-sufficient purity found in travelling tent shows.”

- pittsburg city paper

 

Performance Highlights

Edinburgh Fringe

Pittsburgh Festival

Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen, Germany

Dublin Fringe Festival

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Zombatland

At the Blue Lagoon Caravan Park, an idyllic paradise somewhere in country Australia, wombats are the main attraction, loved by all, until something goes wrong – very very wrong! A mysterious disease has turned the wombats into blood-thirsty demons. Mayor Grogan and his brother Darren go on an ill-fated quest to find a cure with a mysterious 'Crumpet Gun' wielding stranger.

"TOM WAITS MEETS THE MIGHTY BOOSH IN THIS PIECE OF 24 CARAT ENTERTAINMENT"

-The Guardian, UK

 

Performance Highlights

Battersea Arts Centre, London

Edinburgh Fringe

Brisbane Powerhouse

ArtsHouse, Melbourne

Norpa, Lismore

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Royale Riot!

Wear your best dancing shoes for the Royale Riot! Deep within the surreal and macabre imaginary Suitcase Royale universe, there is a town. In that town there is a pub: The Royale Hotel. In that hotel there is always a band playing, loud! Primal drums, grinding upright bass, cracking guitar and the twang of a banjo bring that old time sound kicking and screaming onto the dance floor. From rockabilly barnstormers to old country tear jerkers, The Suitcase Royale band will bring the boot stompin’ party!

 

Performance Highlights

Lattitude Festival, UK

Falls Festival

Brisbane Powerhouse

Barnyards, Farmyards and Festivals all across Australia