Are an ensemble of queer performing artists and theatre makers. The troupe was founded by Kimberley Twiner in December 2015. The current core ensemble are Kimberley Twiner, Lily Fish and Hallie Goodman. Associate members are Sunanda Sachatrakul and Rebecca Church.
PO PO MO CO have been artists in residence at Hares & Hyenas since 2015. They produce regular events that showcase new work, collaborate with other established and emerging queer talent, and fundraisers for local and international LGBTIQA+ organizations.
PO PO MO CO are holding General Auditions. We’re on the hunt for new collaborators/performers/makers for a range of projects.
About the company:
PO PO MO CO is an award-winning queer, feminist physical theatre company based in Melbourne. We make ensemble devised physical comedy for audiences of all ages for the stage, screen and outdoors. The styles we work in include: clown, bouffon, burlesque, character, pantomime and puppetry. Frameworks that guide our practice include:
Play analysis: We rigorously view and feedback on our work through the objective lenses of somatic observation and technique, rather than subjective opinion. Such feedback may include: Physicality, Action/Reaction, Rhythm, Crescendo/Decrescendo, Balance/Unbalance, Movement Dynamic
Move first: engaging bodies before minds
Stupidity: we seek to be constantly amazed (stupefied) by the world around us
Rhizomatous: open to change, able to improvise, move around obstacles and work together
Community: No 4th wall. Direct audience connection. We choose to make intelligent work for undervalued publics - children, queer folk, passersby, people who think they don’t like theatre
What we’re looking for:
We are seeking applications from Melbourne based people with an existing theatre making practice. You must have an interest/experience in physical comedy/theatre. You also need to be ok with nudity.
Priority will be given to:
People of the Global Majority
People of marginalised genders
A general group audition will be held on Wednesday 17th August between 10am and 2pm (exact time TBC).
If you are interested in auditioning for the company but unable to attend this session please feel free to still get in touch, as we may need to hold more than one session.
Please send us a CV/resume including referees and cover letter to email@example.com
In the cover letter we encourage you to address:
why you would like to work with PO PO MO CO
the show or performer that rocked your world, and why
your interest/experience in physical theatre and collaborative ensemble devising
Please submit your application by 5pm Sunday 7th August.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss access requirements get in contact with Lily on 0412 235 035 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical. Comedy. Theatre. Queer.
It is hard to order the above words because each gives the others context, so they will be described in no order.
There is a sense of comedy, of humour, always present in the work.
Whether Naive or Satirical, the sparkly eye of humour is there.
Theatre - which is unquestionably physical.
The work is grounded in a theatre style.
Queer. The queer eye influences this work, it's in our bodies, in our outlook, this Queerness will always be subject to the rules of theatre.
The Queerness is in the space in between.
A refusal of binaries, a refusal of didacticism. The space in between has movement. It has curiosity. It is a hybrid space.
Transgressive. We go beyond the status quo.
We honour what cracks us up, what is fucked up, what is subversive, what is totally wrong, what is totally stupid, toilet humour, intelligent humour…
Sexuality is hysterical and absurd. Deeply important and deeply not relevant.
Heteronormativity is provocative.
We are still students tearing up terrain. Analyzing. Critiquing. And squeezing the juice.
PO PO MO CO make comedy theatre through a queer lens for adults AND children.
2020 Summer of the 17th Doll
A collaboration of Queer Artists to Queerify a Classic Aussie Text
Supported by Yarra City Council,
Flutter and Flounce
Outside Eye by Maude Davey
New Zealand Fringe Festival
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Once Upon A Drag Storytime (Rainbow Families Show)
Directed by Liz Skitch
Gasworks Arts Park
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Woodford Folk Festival
Recreation and Leisure
Directed by Liz Skitch
Perth Fringe World Festival
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Taking bookings now! Get in touch via email@example.com
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Winner - Best Ensemble, New Zealand Fringe Festival
Nominated - Best of the Fest, New Zealand Fringe Festival
Nominated - Green Room Awards Nomination Best Ensemble in the Contemporary and Experimental Category
Winner - New Zealand Tour Ready Award, Melbourne Fringe
Nominated - Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe
Nominated - Best Artist in the National LGBTIQ Awards
Winner - Weekly Fringe Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival