January 2012

A double-bill of plays by the 20th century’s most famous lesbian.

A Circular Play directed by Cheyney Caddy
Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters directed by Yvonne Virsik
Written by Gertrude Stein

“You look ridiculous if you dance
You look ridiculous if you don’t dance
So you might as well dance.”
– Gertrude Stein

In celebration of Gertrude Stein – poet, playwright and renegade – directors Yvonne Virsik and Cheyney Caddy teamed up with a colossal cast to bring Melbourne audiences their vision of Stein’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters and A Circular Play. Set against the Victorian splendour of Northcote Town Hall, Girls Do Gertrude! united over thirty of Australia’s most talented performers, musicians and designers who, over seven days and nights raced against the clock to create an all-female, all-fabulous spectacular.

Girls Do Gertrude! was a MIDSUMMA Premier Event.


Zoe Boeson
Leila Rodgers
Cate Wolfe
Sarah Hamilton
Annie Last
Freya Pragt
Lucy Hotchin
Alicia Beckhurst
Sarah Oldmeadow
Suzanne Truman

Jennifer Innes
Andrea McCannon
Tilly Legge
Bridget Mylecharane
Ashleigh Goodison
Amelia Ducker
Lauren-Anne Kempster
Kellie Tori
Lauren Bailey
Stella Skinner (Musician)

Cheyney Caddy: Director/Producer
Yvonne Virsik: Director
Chanelle Sheehan: Producer
Tiffanni Walton: Musical Director/Composer
Jeminah Alli Reidy: Set Designer
Debra Hallam: Costume Designer
Bridie Wilkinson: Costume Designer

Catherine French: Production Manager
Karen Garaway: Stage Manager
Chris Chosich: Stage Manager

Tom Halls, Andrew Westall, Lani Hallam, Oliver Coleman, Chris Payne and Joni Meenagh

Photography: Sarah Walker


“wonderfully unique” –

“Girls Do Gertrude! brings Stein dancing into the now and will leave you wanting to Charleston the night away with an enticing girl in a pastel, drop waist gown” –

“rising monuments in Melbourne theatre” –

“Black Apple Theatre displays oodles of talent, heaps of enthusiasm and a fresh and intelligent insight” –