The thing I loved, the thing I wanted, was that feeling. Before any of it even begins… When a taste hits your tongue – sweet, sour, salt – and your nerves are firing, asking is it good, is it bad, is it going to kill me? Before you truly know whether to spit it out and start again.”

Salt pulls back the curtain of nostalgia to reveal the darker side of light entertainment: a whirlwind-memory of video hits and after-school sitcoms, of canned laughter and crocodile tears, of kids growing up too fast and adults refusing to grow up at all. What are we feeding our children? Whose appetite is really to blame?

Presented by La Mama Theatre
Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham

8 – 18 June
La Mama Courthouse Theatre
Carlton VIC



Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, and culture stripped away.

Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of his country.


– Best Emerging Artist (Adelaide Fringe 2016)
– Best Emerging Indigenous Artist (Melbourne Fringe 2015)
– SA Tour Ready Award (Melbourne Fringe 2015)
– Tiki Tour Ready Award (Melbourne Fringe 2015)

Tickets – Adelaide
22 – 23 May
DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2017
Adelaide Festival Centre

Tickets – Albury Wodonga
26 May – 3 June
HotHouse Theatre



“All locked away, you said, no one can hold it against you once it’s all locked away.”

Six women have been given a second chance. Sealed off from the outside world, the women practise the art of being female and wait for their real lives to begin.

Inspired by the history of Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens, Fallen explores what happens when the promise of a clean slate is built on the suppression of the past.

Presented by Sport for Jove Theatre Company & She Said Theatre
Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham

6 – 22 April
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre
Chippendale NSW




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She Said Theatre uses performance to explore alternative histories, re-imagine forgotten stories, and encourage a theatrical dialogue with the unheard voices in Australian society. Founded as a direct response to the lack of creative leadership opportunities for women in theatre, we aim to create more active roles for women and other under-represented artists, to bring to life their skills in acting, directing, writing, production, and design. Together, She Said’s ever growing eclectic ensemble of artists share a passion for creating new text-based work from the ground up. These stories will be as playful as they are critically aware and as creative as they are grounded in the complex truths of contemporary Australian society. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, She Said Theatre was founded in 2006 by co-Artistic Directors Penny Harpham and Seanna van Helten.

She Said Theatre acknowledges that we create and perform our work on traditional lands and we offer our respects to the elders of these traditional lands and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Photography credit/ Gabi Briggs



She Said Theatre is based in Melbourne, Australia, but we aim to travel widely. In 2016, we will present or develop work in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide, Sydney, and Perth.

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