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Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis

Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis are Melbourne based theatre makers. Rachel is a writer and performer, Bridget a director and dramaturg. For the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival they collaborated on ANGRY SEXX which was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Independent Writing, and for which Rachel was awarded the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. They are passionate about experimental theatre and intersectional feminism, and are drawn to powerful, angry and diverse women’s voices and wish to create spaces for them.

In 2015 Rachel co-wrote Elbow Room’s NEON work We Get It and was an ArtStart recipient. Rachel’s other writing has been staged and developed in conjunction with US-A-UM in Sydney, the Emerging Writers Festival and Orgi #4. Rachel graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 where she was awarded the Pratt Bursary.

Bridget is co-director of theatre company, NO SHOW, whose work includes Shotgun Wedding, The Seance, Outside-Line and Unfinished Business. Her other credits include Kids Killing Kids by Too Many Weapons, The Good Girl by Emilie Collyer, Hoods by Angela Betzien, and The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz. Since the beginning of 2015 Bridget has been in New York working with Elevator Repair Service and terraNOVA Collective.

  1. ANGRY SEXX - Melbourne Fringe 2014 photo by Sarah Walker.

  2. Kids Killing Kids by Too Many Weapons - Melbourne Fringe 2013

  3. We Get It by Elbow Room - MTC’s NEON festival 2015