Book by Carl Grose

Music by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler

Lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF CONCORD THEATRICALS LTD

 

Presented by Salty Theatre and Vass Productions

 

The Grinning Man

25 April - 19 May 2024

Important: Ensure you purchase the correct tickets, check the ticket date/time. No refund or exchange policy is in place.

About

“Welcome to a time in history that never was, to a world wildly different and yet weirdly similar to your own…”

Following an extended West End run and an explosive world premiere at Bristol Old Vic as part of the theatre’s 250th season, The Grinning Man is a magical and macabre musical based on the novel The Man Who Laughs, written by the globally celebrated author Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and will make its Australian Premiere at the Alex Theatre St Kilda in April 2024.

This award-winning musical is a fairy-tale love story streaked with pitch-black humour, lashings of Gothic horror and swashbuckling adventure. This “gothic, dark world of magic and mayhem” (WhatsOnStage) is brought to life by Carl Grose (Robin Hood), with an “outstanding score” (The Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips (Game of Thrones), Marc Teitler (The Magician’s Elephant) and Tom Morris (War Horse).

A strange new act has arrived at Trafalgar Fair’s freakshow.

Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile?

In the grim and blackened streets of Trafalgar Square, with the help of an old puppeteer, his pet wolf and a blind girl, Grinpayne’s tale is told. Desperate to know the terrible secrets of his mysterious past and discover the truth of his gruesome disfigurement, Grinpayne leaves everything he knows and loves behind and embarks on a journey into an even crueller world. An epic tale of gothic horror, laughter, hope and humanity’s deep desire to be ‘seen’ and loved for who we truly are – in our darkness and our light.

Why The Grinning Man is a must see in 2024
5/5

British Theatre

5/5

Everything Theatre

5/5

Our Rating

FAQS

*Please double check and confirm your ticket dates, times and seats before you purchase them, as there are no refunds or exchanges on purchased tickets if you change your mind or for personal reasons.

*The run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including interval.

*We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance to ensure you have time to park and get settled. 

Once the performance begins, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management at a suitable break in the show.

*Yes it is. For more information on your accessibility needs, please contact support@vasstg.com.au or call 03 9964 0918

Creative Team

Executive Producer

Vass Productions was founded on Aleksandar’s entrepreneurial success and his extensive theatrical experience.

He studied drama at the National Theatre and went on to perform in musicals, plays and in television series’ and then became Australia’s youngest agent, representing 300 artists.

He was the Victorian President of the Theatrical Agents Association for several years. As an independent producer his successes include Fiddler On The Roof with Topol, It’s a Dad Thing, All my Sons, Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat, Burn This, Amadeus, Hair, Barnum, Noises Off, Chase Me Comrade, Hamlet, Evita, Copacabana, A Street Car Named Desire, The Blue Room, Oh Calcutta, The Last Of The Red Hot Lovers and the play 8.

Aleksandar founded the Vass Theatre Group to continue his dedication to producing shows of the highest quality. The company’s productions include the Australian Premiere and National Tour of Bad Jews, the Australian Premiere of the international dance and light sensation Pixel, the World Premiere of Sexercise The Musical, the Australian Premier of Around The World in 80 Days, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Hand to God. With Kate Whitbread, Aleksandar founded MOMO Films to produce and distribute films throughout Australia. Their films include Surviving Georgia starring Shane Jacobson, Pia Miranda and Holly Valance and Cloudburst with Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Flicker and The Unlit. The Team currently has two more films in production.

In 2016 the Vass Theatre Group acquired the historic Spiegel Zelt. Vass Productions show Spiegel’esque premieres in Sydney, November 2016 and then the Spiegel Zelt has been on tour across the West Coast of Australia. Aleksandar Vass OAM is a global entrepreneur with interests in glass manufacturing, energy development, and many other industries as well as entertainment.

Learn more about Aleksandar at Vass Productions

Producer & Associate Director

Ashley is the Director and Co-Founder of Melbourne based theatre company Salty Theatre and is an Associate Producer with Vass Productions. She has 30 years of experience across the theatre, television and film sectors, both on stage and screen and off. Her work has been seen and heard in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia, first as a performer before transitioning into the roles of producer and director.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada and now a proud citizen of Australia, Ashley got her first taste of producing when she premiered Heartache, Milkshakes & Broadway, which was performed at the renowned cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Ashley’s most recent credits include producing and managing three seasons of Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts in Victoria and Adelaide, co-producing the return season of METAMUSE for Vass Productions and Luca Dinardo, and directing and producing the premiere of cult hit Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical. Ashley also co-created The Hatch Lab and the Australian Musical Artists Collective, to help fill a gap in the new musical development and production market in Australia.

A strong advocate for new works, Ashley connects with artists in Australia as a mentor, coach and dramaturg to support and assist them in the development of new works both as writers and as independent producers. She also works with creatives globally to debut their musicals in Australia. Ashley is committed to being an advocate for women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ creative artists and identity-conscious casting.

Select theatre credits: Lucy in Ladies in Retirement (Off-Broadway); Heartache, Milkshakes & Broadway (Don’t Tell Mama NYC); The Sound of Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Mirvish); Belle in Beauty and the Beast; Cosette in Les Miserables, Jasmine in Aladdin; Mary in Mary’s Wedding; The Kid/Linda U/S in Pal Joey (The Shaw Festival); Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass (The Stratford Festival).

Select film/tv credits: The Cutting Room, The Cold Equations, 1-800 Missing, Goosebumps, Stickin’ Around, and Little Bear.

Ashley, her husband Jeremiah, their son Grant and their cat Boo, call Melbourne home.

Learn more about Ashley’s work at Salty Theatre

Director

Miranda Middleton is an award-winning director, writer, and choreographer with a Master of Fine Arts (Directing) from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). She aims to create theatrical events which spark joy, connection, and a sense of shared humanity. In 2024, Miranda is a recipient of the Sandra Bates Director’s Award at the Ensemble Theatre. 

Miranda’s most recent directing credits include Pear-Shaped (Theatre Works), Lemon Tree on Dreg Street (Theatre Works), SENSER (Theatre Works), Not Today (Seymour Centre), PASH (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Sowing Seeds (Gasworks Arts Park), and Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (Theatre Works). 

In 2022, Miranda was the Assistant Director of the new musicals Come Rain or Come Shine (directed by Simon Phillips) at Melbourne Theatre Company and The Lovers for Bell Shakespeare (directed by Shaun Rennie). She was also the dramaturg on Brittanie Shipway’s play A Letter for Molly (Ensemble Theatre), and has adapted/directed two Play in a Day readings for Bell Shakespeare – Timon of Athens and Arden of Faversham.

In 2023, Miranda was the Resident Writer at Theatre Works. She has two new musicals in development: Paper Stars and Silver Tongue.

David Youings

Music Director

David is a music director, pianist, arranger, orchestrator, and vocal coach based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the Assistant Music Director of the Australian tour of Moulin Rouge! (Global Creatures). Previously, David was the Conductor for the Australian tour of Cruel Intentions (DVE), and Assistant Music Director for the Australian tour of The Wedding Singer (DVE), before becoming the show’s Conductor/Associate Music Director for its New Zealand tour.

Other past creative credits include Music Director for the Australian productions of the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts (Salty Theatre/Red Hot Productions), Top Gun! The Musical (Salty Theatre/Chapel off Chapel) and the World Premiere of Hashed Out: A Kansley and Lidert Song-Cycle (VCA), which he also orchestrated. He was Music Supervisor/Orchestrator/Sound Designer for Senser (Brittanie Shipway), and Music Supervisor/Arranger for People Suck. David has been the Music Director/Co-Arranger for several development labs and workshops of the new Australian musical Paper Stars, including recently at the Australian Musical Theatre Festival in Launceston, Tasmania.

David has overseen and implemented music technology for the Australian productions of Hamilton (Michael Cassel Group), Moulin Rouge!, and Muriel’s Wedding (both for Global Creatures), and is Music Technology Supervisor for Moulin Rouge! in Korea and Japan.  He composed an original score and lyrics for the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood, and has contributed orchestrations/arrangements for countless productions, including Amazing Grace (Manilla Street Productions), Broadway Unplugged (BU Inc.), and Starbound (Launchpad). 

He studied towards a Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition) before transferring for completion into the Bachelor of Music Industry (Performance) at Box Hill Institute, Victoria. 

See David’s work at davidyouings.com

Freya List

Choreographer

Freya List is a critically acclaimed creative working across theatre, film, tv, company works and music. As well as being a versatile choreographer, movement director and educator, she is passionate about fostering community, and has created valuable platforms for dancers to interact and inspire both locally and abroad.

Freya recently won the Green Room Award (Betty Pounder Award for Original Choreography) for her work on Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical (David Venn Enterprises) and Next To Normal (James Terry Collective). She was also nominated for the Betty Pounder Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Bright Star (Pursued by Bear). Other notable stage credits include the National tours of:
Tick, Tick, Boom (StoreyBoard Entertainment) and Chess in Concert (StoreyBoard Entertainment), The Children (MTC/ STC), Next To Normal (James Terry Collective), A View From the Bridge (MTC), RENT (James Terry Collective), Parade (Soundworks), Kabaret Dietrich (Fringe Festival), Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweet Charity, Little Women and Urinetown (VCA). As well as choreographing and directing her own full length dance works Half Full (Collaboration The Project) and Sondheim (Transit), she has been involved in developing the new works of WAGs (Workshop) and I Can Jump Puddles (Antipodes). Freya is currently in rehearsals for the Victorian Opera’s Candide, which will play at the Palais in early 2024.

Freya is the director of the international outreach program ‘Dancing Through India’ and the popular event series ‘Playing Field Series’ that highlights local musicians and dancers. Freya collaborates with many
music artists through the creation of music videos, live shows, tours and movement coaching. Some of these artists include Hopium, Ben Abraham, Sex on Toast, Thelma Plum, Women of Soul Collective, Hayden Calnin, Woodes, Franco Gonzo, Chealsea Wilson and Braille Face.

Freya is very excited to be part of bringing The Grinning Man to Australia for the first time.

Sophie Woodward

Set & Costume Designer

Sophie is a Melbourne-based set and costume designer. Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Production (Design) from VCA in 2010 winning the Beleura John Tallis Design Award in her final year. Sophie recently designed costumes for Death of a Salesman (GWB Entertainment and Red Line Productions) and Come Rain or Come Shine (Melbourne Theatre Company). Recent set and costume designs include Monument (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) and Unprecedented (HotHouse Theatre). 

Earlier design work from Sophie includes Hungry Ghosts (Melbourne Theatre Company); Burn This, The One and Mr Burns, A Post Electric Play (fortyfivedownstairs); All the Shining Lights, Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor, Between the Clouds, Pyjama Girl and Letters from the Border (HotHouse Theatre); Selling Kabul, A Simple Act of Kindness, Fast Food, Iphigenia in Splott, Grace, Extinction, Rules for Living and You got Older (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); Garage Girls, #No Exemptions, Thigh Gap and A Long Day’s Dying (LaMama Theatre). Sophie was Costume Design Associate on Girls & Boys, Bernhardt/Hamlet, An Ideal Husband and Twelfth Night (Melbourne Theatre Company). 

See Sophie’s work at sophiewoodwarddesign.com

 

Light Designer

Aron is an emerging designer with a passion for the visual and a drive to create immersive designs for live performance. 

Receiving his formal performing arts training from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Aron holds a Master of Fine Art in Design for Performance as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art in Technical Theatre and Stage Management.   

Aron enjoys the unique creative opportunities offered in independent theatre and, in the past, has worked on productions including Halftime the Musical (The Hayes, 2021), This Genuine Moment (La Mama, 2021), Bad Machine (Casula Powerhouse, 2022), Pear Shaped (Theatre Works, 2023), and In The Club (Theatre Works, 2023).  

See Aron’s work at aronmurray.com 

Sound Designer

Ash is a Melbourne-based sound designer, who originated in Sydney specialising in Musical Theatre since 2014, and has had the delight of designing shows such as; All Shook Up (Babirra), School of Rock (WTG), Fiddler on the Roof (Footlight), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Babirra), Wise Guys – A New Musical (Henry Jaksetic), We Will Rock You (SCMS), Catch Me If You Can (SCMS), Ladies in Black (SMS, Amateur Premiere), Nunsense! (SMS) and operating shows like Winnie the Pooh – A New Musical Adaptation (TEG Life Like), Mamma Mia! (Babirra, WMTC), Matilda (KCMS) and, A Night on Broadway! (MMS).

Ash has been nominated for Best Sound for their productions of, All Shook Up, School of Rock, Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Into The Woods.

Ash studied Live Production (Technical Services) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney and is excited to be working on The Grinning Man with Vass Productions, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Stage Manager

Grace is a born and bred Adelaidean, having studied at the Adelaide College of the Arts until 2020 where she gained her qualifications in Technical Production and Stage Management – specializing in
the latter.

She worked for Nexus Arts primarily as a lighting designer and venue technician for burlesque and cabaret from 2017 to 2021, also working and touring for companies such as the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Gluttony, Adelaide Festival, and several Fringes around Australia, as well as a multitude of independent theatre companies. She has worked in roles ranging across stage, production, and technical management, all-round technician work (specialising in lighting), chaperoning, props sourcing, making, and maintenance, and production
administration.

Grace is thrilled to be stage-managing her first musical to date, especially amongst the fabulous and talented creative and technical team of Grinning Man!

Assistant Stage Manager &
Props and Wardrobe Associate

Emily is a Naarm based theatre maker, seamstress, and costume designer with aspirations in Covid activism and accessibility within the theatre industry.

Her most recent credits include co-costume design with Amy Oakes for Measure of a Moment by Charles Mercovich (Punchbuggy Theatre), costume design for Stranger Sings! A Parody Musical (Salty Theatre), costume design for Merry Wives of Windsor, costume and puppets design for The Wacky Wombat by Emma Austin and Anthony Craig (Melbourne Shakespeare), costume design for SLUTNIK 2: Planet of the Incels by Flick (Theatre Works), and costume design for DESTROYED by Ebony Rattle (Midsumma).

Associate Producer

Since 2018, Andrew has been working as a freelance Stage Manager and Production Manager based in Melbourne. They are a graduate of Melbourne Polytechnic with a Diploma in Live Production and Technical Services (2019) and in 2023 joined the Alex Theatre – St Kilda as Production & Operations Supervisor before moving into their current role as Venue Manager. Most recently Andrew was the Associate Producer for the Alex Theatre’s hugely successful first production of 2024, Fountain Lakes in Lockdown: A Drag Parody Play, written and produced by Thomas Jaspers.

Andrew has been with Salty Theatre since 2020 as their resident Stage Manager, managing many of their events and theatrical productions. They helped mount the Australian premiere of Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody in 2021 followed by a return season in 2022 and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2023. Andrew has enjoyed stepping into a new pair of shoes for The Grinning Man as Associate Producer and Production Manager, an avenue of creativity they look forward to exploring in 2024.

Some other credits of Andrew’s include:

Stage Manager/Show Caller – Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical (Salty Theatre)

Stage Manager/Production Manager – SENSER by Brittanie Shipway (Theatre Works)

Stage Manager/Show Caller – 9 plays with Gavin Roach across their 2022 and 2023 seasons (Meat Market Melbourne, Theatre Works)

Assistant Stage Manager intern – The Selfish Giant (Victorian Opera, 2019)

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager intern – Barnum the Circus Musical (Storeyboard Entertainment & JTM Productions)

Stage Manager/Props – The Importance of Being Earnest (Artefact Theatre Co.).

Associate Producer

Anna has been the Marketing Manager for Alex Theatre – St Kilda since 2023. Now, she is getting a taste of producing under the wing of Ashley Taylor Tickell as Associate Producer for the Australian Premiere of The Grinning Man (2024). 

Prior to her current position, she had performed freelance marketing for an Australian-championship dance studio and Nosferatu: A symphony of Horror (2023) presented by Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne International Film Festival. She also has a 3-year history of choreographing for high-schools across Melbourne. 

Proudly walking into the world of musical theatre, Anna is absolutely keen to see where the success of The Grinning Man (2024) will take her in her career. 

the cast

Mojo/Dance Captain/Cellist

Cameron Bajraktarevic-Hayward (he/they) is a Melbourne (Naarm) based Actor, Musician, Singer and Dancer. Originally from Western Sydney (Darug Nation), Cameron moved to Naarm in 2020 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Since moving to Naarm, Cameron was part of the 2022 performance season for the VCA in Mongrel: Cracked (dir. Maude Davey and Sarah Ward), Merrily We Roll Along (dir. Jason Langley) and Morning Melodies 2022 (dir. Jayde Kirchert).

Following their time at VCA Cameron performed as Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol 2022 and 2023 (dir. Matthew Warchus) and played the role of Dolokhov in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (dir. Dean Drieberg) at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Cameron is thrilled to be making their Melbourne Theatre Company debut in My Brilliant Career (dir. Anne-Louise Sarks) as Frank later in 2024. Cameron is proudly represented by Ian White Management and is a MEAA member.

Princess Josiana/Violinist

Melanie Bird is a Melbourne-based performer. She is a 2020 graduate of Showfit’s two year full-time musical theatre course. Prior to Showfit, Melanie completed a year at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music studying classical singing and opera.

Her professional theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (GWB and The Old Vic), A Little Night Music (Hayes Theatre Company), MIDNIGHT The Cinderella Musical (Aspect Entertainment), Jekyll and Hyde (Hayes Theatre Company) and Next to Normal (James Terry Collective).

She has also been part of many developments of new Australian work. These include Kate Miller-Heidke and Kier Nuttall’s Bananaland (Brisbane Festival), Sheridan Harbridge, Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank’s My Brilliant Career (Melbourne Theatre Company), Miranda Middleton, Grace Chapple and Luke Bryne’s Paper Stars (Salty Theatre) and Sean Donehue and Nicholas Waxman’s Bearded (Australian Music Theatre Festival). In 2023 Melanie hosted and performed at Rod Laver Arena in Australian Open Kids Tennis Day: Arena Spectacular. Melanie has also been featured on the original cast recording of My Brilliant Career by Bryant and Frank as well as Scarlet: The Original Concept Recording (DhB Theatrical).

Young Dea

Lilly’s currently studying Year 12 with a focus on music and sciences. Lilly takes lessons in voice and trumpet and participates in several jazz ensembles along with choirs and orchestras. As her school’s Music Prefect she most enjoys encouraging younger members to take any opportunity to grow their music friendships and experiences. 
 

Lilly has appeared in this year’s 2024 Genazzano FCJ College and Xavier College Musical Production of The Little Mermaid and the 2023 Genazzano FCJ College and Xavier College Musical Production of Legally Blonde. Lilly is also excited to be competing in this year’s Generations of Jazz festival in Mount Gambier on trumpet.

Lilly appeared on stage at Vision Australia’s 2017 Carols by Candlelight introducing Keala Settle and was previously a member of the Australian Girls Choir. 

Lilly is extremely excited to be joining the production of The Grinning Man.

Lord Dirry-Moir

Anthony Craig is a versatile performer and multi-instrumentalist, embraced by Aussie audiences and known for his banjo playing, character work and comic flair.

After completing a Musical Theatre degree at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2014, he went on to gain international experience in feature films and on stage. Recent credits include Once (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Gruffalo’s Child (CDP Productions), Into the Woods (Watch This), Ernani (Opera Australia) and upcoming feature film Woody Woodpecker 2 (Universal). He starred in the one-man show Private Peaceful (MLP) and was nominated for ‘Best Actor in an Independent Production’ at the 2020 Green Room Awards.

In 2020, Anthony also created the award-winning children’s entertainment group Story Surprise with his wife Lauren, and has the time of his life producing music, live performances and videos for families all over the world.

Most recently, Anthony was proud to be the co-writer and musical director of Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s hit new family musical: Outback Adventures.

Mother/Violinist

Shelley Dunlop is a Naarm-based actor, singer and musician.

Some recent onstage credits include Irene in Anna Bella Eema (Melbourne Fringe), Olivia in Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (NIDA Actors Studio) and Deb in Ordinary Days (Life Story Theatre).

She also recently musically directed two original Australian shows: Post (Something Blue Productions) and The Girl Green As Elderflower (La Mama), as well as the choir for James Grim’s Woodcutters in 2023.

She is thrilled to be part of The Grinning Man.

Osric/Young Grinpayne

Born and raised in Wollongong, Matthew (he/they) swapped the world of elite sports for the pursuit of a career in musical theatre.

Moving to Melbourne, Matthew was a part of the final VCA foundation Musical Theatre course and also graduated from Andrew Hallsworth’s Musical Theatre course at PSA – where he performed the role of Sky Masterson in their production of Guys & Dolls.

Matt’s professional credits include: Tom Watson in Parade (Soundworks), Alan in I Can Jump Puddles (Antipodes), Matterson in The Hello Girls (Heartstrings in association with Hayes Theatre Co.), and they also performed the National Anthem at the Socceroos vs Ecuador Game (Channel 10).

Matthew is a strong advocate for disabled visibility, themselves having Cerebral Palsy. Outside of performing, Matthew has held many National records and National titles in Paralympic swimming, and they have also travelled the world with the Australian Paralympic Soccer Team, The Pararoos, and featured in their self-titled documentary as well as taking part in fundraising events and campaigns for the team and the broader disabled community.

Matt hopes to see more instances of physical disability being visible and represented on stage & screen.

Ursus

Dom Hennequin is a Green Room Award-nominated actor based in Melbourne. He’s appeared in the Australian tour of Friends! The Musical Parody as Gunther, Urinetown the Musical as Officer Lockstock at Chapel Off Chapel, and productions of Miss Saigon, Violet, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Dom has co-written and starred in several cabarets including La Vie Brohéme and Pasquale the Musical, featured in workshops including 18/23, and is the creator and star of the upcoming web series, Self-Tapers.

Dom is excited to be part of this Australian premiere of The Grinning Man and hopes you enjoy the show.

Queen Angelica

Stephanie was most recently in the world premiere of Midnight: The Cinderella Musical as an onstage Swing, performing as the stepsister, Tiffany, and in other roles. She also originated the role of Joyce Byers in the Australian premiere of Stranger Sings! The Musical Parody.

Other recent stage credits include Genevieve Gryffindor in Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts (Salty Theatre), Stephanie Necrophorous in NINE (StageArt), Rhoda in A New Brain, Violet Karl in Violet and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (MTGV Award).

Screen credits include the lead role of Big Sarah in the dramedy series, Displaced. Her voiceover work includes narrator Trudie Poodle in the children’s ‘true’ crime podcast adaptation of the popular children’s book series The Underdogs, and Samantha in the podcast, Busy Bodies with Mr Snotbottom (Winner of ‘Best Kid’s Podcast’ 2023 Australian Podcast Awards).

2024 will also see Stephanie playing the role of Miss Thorn (cover Judy Denmark) in Ruthless! The Musical.

Lord Trelaw/Guitarist

Born and raised in Perth, Luke is a proud Chinese-Australian man. Luke graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2019.

Luke made his professional stage debut in 2021 playing Igor in Young Frankenstein for the Hayes Theatre Co, and originated the role of Ron in their world premiere production of Dubbo Championship Wrestling. Luke returned to the Hayes to join the Australian premiere cast of Jekyll & Hyde in the role of Bishop/Guitarist.

Luke’s recent work includes Porpoise Pool with Bite Productions as part of the 25A program at Belvoir St Theatre, in the role of Jonah. Luke covered the role of Petey and George in the Australian tour of Dog Man the Musical, joined the cast of Arden of Favershim with Bell
Shakespeare as part of the ‘play in a day’ program, and performed in a staged reading of If/Then with Neglected Musicals at the Hayes Theatre co.

Dea

Luisa Scrofani is a Helpmann-nominated singer and actor. She made her professional debut at 19 in Violet (JRP Australia), and has gone on to successfully perform in a string of independent and main-stage productions.

Credits include: Spring Awakening (StageArt), In The Heights (JRP Australia, Helpmann Nomination for Best Lead Female Actor), Blackrock and Dreamsong (EbbFlow Theatre Co.), My Brilliant Career (MLive + Original Cast Recording), Paper Stars (Salty Theatre), Bonnie and Clyde (JRP Australia), SENSER (TheatreWorks), Pear-Shaped (Rogue Projects), Midnight (Aspect Entertainment), and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (Watch This).

She is absolutely thrilled to be originating the role of Dea in the Australian Premiere of The Grinning Man, and would love to thank her family, friends and agents at Ian White Management for their continued support.

Grinpayne

Maxwell is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at Victorian College of the Arts.

Maxwell’s theatre credits include: Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer in Assassins  (The Hayes theatre and the Sydney Opera House), Ex in Bananaland (Brisbane festival and Sydney festival), Christian/Duke standby for Moulin Rouge The Musical! (Global Creatures), Greg Connell in The Boy From Oz (The Production Company), Bjorn Ulvaeus in Muriels Wedding The Musical (Global Creatures), Lancelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), Ensemble (Johnny/Tunny understudy) in American Idiot (shake and stir).

Maxwell played the role of Dirk in the webseries, The Five Minute Call, directed by Ainslie Clouston

Maxwell is a Glug Award recipient for Most Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer for Assassins.

Barkilphedro

Jennifer was seen most recently in the outrageous Vampire Lesbians of Sodom by Charles Busch presented by Little Ones Theatre at Fortyfive Downstairs. She also toured nationally in Musica Viva’s Chopin’s Piano mid-2023 playing multiple roles in a stunning fusion of chamber music and theatrical performances. Jennifer played the role of Ali in the critically acclaimed MILF AND THE MISTRESS, written by Jane Montgomery Griffiths for Theatreworks, in the 2023 Midsumma Festival, a show she is producing and touring in 2024, including Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Other recent credits include the roles of Priam and Chryses in the Brisbane Festival hit season of HOLDING ACHILLES, and as Katia in the Malthouse/Belvoir co-production of LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI in Melbourne and Sydney. Earlier stage credits include Victoria Opera’s HAPPY END and Malthouse’s BECAUSE THE NIGHT in which she performed the role of Queen Gertrude. Other stage highlights include the Malthouse/STC co-productions of THE HISTRIONIC and WOMEN OF TROY, ARBUS & WEST (MTC), and MAMMA MIA.

Awards include the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award for the Baroness in CHITTYCHITTY BANG BANG and a Green Room Award for MERCILESS GODS (Little Ones Theatre/Griffin Theatre).

Screen credits include Mandy the Mullet in WENTWORTH, Enid Holdstock in MS FISHER’SMODERN MURDER MYSTERIES and Margot Molloy in the feature film, THE SURROGATE. Her most recent film appearance, as Dorothy in DEAD LESBIANS, played at MQFF (2023) and will play in this year’s Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival. A multiple award-winning audio narrator, Jennifer is best known for the internationally acclaimed ONCE MY MOTHER.

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