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Class Act

1 – 4 May 2024

In the Studio

Theatre

In Class Act, working class unfortunate Mish Grigor tells the story of a grotesque world of class and social mobility straight from her dirty mouth. Created by Melbourne based, experimental art organisation, APHIDS, this work addresses the unspoken rifts of the class system through a bombastic, unexpected deconstruction of My Fair Lady, albeit with less bonnets.

“You’re going to make me posh”

Directed by Zoey Dawson, the performance shines a light on the unseen cost of a social glow up and navigating the entrenched poverty of an artistic career. “This deconstruction puts that great Australian unmentionable – class – front and centre,” The Age.

A satirical and almost ‘boganised’ retelling of My Fair Lady, Grigor also skillfully weaves humorous personal experiences from her childhood throughout. Grigor shares “I grew up in Western Sydney, in a working class or underclass area that is looked down upon in the landscape of Sydney.” Echoes from the past blend humiliation and hilarity, highlighting the subtle nuances of the Australian class system. Depictions of Eliza’s transformation are told through obsessive prisms of children’s games and skipping rhymes, while the ballroom scene devolves into cringeworthy memories of getting dolled up for a school formal.

Joined on stage by dancer Alice Dixon (and some experimentally arranged orchids), she breathes life into the power plays in My Fair Lady, while the choreography skillfully finds a way to summon nuances of class psychology.

For the bourgeoisie, there will be high tea. The High Tea seats are up close and personal - and limited to 12 people each evening. These tickets include unconventional hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine upon arrival. Make sure to arrive early to settle in before the great unwashed (just try not to look too smarmy when you do, it’s unbecoming).

Sydney Opera House and APHIDS present

A sort of boganised fever-dream that staggers between metatheatrical stand-up and subversive clowning, with sharp intrusions of physical theatre and contemporary dance thrown in

The Age

Artist Information

APHIDS is an artist-led experimental art organisation based in Naarm/Melbourne. Collaborative, risk-taking and future focused, APHIDS is led by Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor. APHIDS makes experimental work across artforms and contexts: in public space, festivals, digital platforms, across visual and performing arts, major institutions and beyond. They have been presented in every state and territory in Australia, from the Malthouse Theatre to the Art Gallery of SA. We have engaged audiences in samurai hotels in Japan, churches in Finland, community halls in regional towns, drive-ins and even beamed art into outer space.

Mish is a performance maker, writer and performer. Working across a range of collaborative formats, she is co-director of APHIDS with Lara Thoms, and one third of POST with Zoe Coombs Marr and Natalie Rose.

In 2024 Mish co-created and performed in The First Bad Man, A Book Club Based on the Novel by Miranda July at the Lincoln Center (NYC) for Under The Radar Festival after developing it at the National Theatre (UK) Studio Program . Previously, Mish has presented her work or been commissioned by Sydney Opera House, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Festival, The Substation, Belvoir St Theatre, Art Gallery of South Australia/Adelaide Biennial, Artshouse, Sydney Theatre Company, Performance Space, Brisbane Powerhouse, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, PICA, Hong Kong Rep Theatre/West Kowloon Cultural District, Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), Battersea Arts Centre (UK), with Pan Pan Theatre (Ireland), Reckless Sleepers (Belgium) and Forest Fringe, Taipei Performing Arts Centre, and La Mama (New York) amongst others. 

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