Speakeasy Performance Applications A Normal Child by Disability Slapstick Plan & Ridiculusmus

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If there is a new normal, everyone’s crazy and nobody’s ill.

An epic narrative of vast and imperfect comedic proportions, A Normal Child navigates the intricacies of disability representation in a daring, funny, and complex work.

Examining the right to begin and end life from the perspective of the disability sector. The show tackles issues of euthanasia, sex, abortion and IVF through an absurdist comedy lens.

Led by self-nominated “noddies” and “masters of the absurd”, co-Artistic Directors of Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jonathan Haynes, and featuring the Disability Slapstick Plan, an ensemble of four Melbourne artists with different physical abilities, including Betty Bobbitt, Trevor Dunn, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans and Eva Sifis.



Co-Creators – David Woods, Jonathan Haynes, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Trevor Dunn, Eva Sifis, Betty Bobbitt, Jax Jacki Brown

Performed by – Anton Rivette, Kerith Manderson-Galvin, Brian Lipson, David Woods, Jonathan Haynes, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Trevor Dunn, Eva Sifis, and Betty Bobbitt

Facilitated by – David Woods and Jonathan Haynes (Ridiculusmus)

Dramaturg – Anton Rivette

Assistant facilitator – Kerith Manderson-Galvin

Sound Design – Marco Cher-Gibard

Lighting Design – Richard Vabre

Set and Costume Design – Matilda Woodroofe

Dresser – Wendy Woo

Production Manager – Kirsty Baird

Producer – Erin Milne, Bureau of Works

Development collaborators – Kate Hood and Loki Rickus

Image by Sarah Walker


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Besen Family Foundation and City of Darebin. Developed with the support of the City of Yarra, Malthouse Theatre, Playwriting Australia and Arts Access Victoria.

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22 October - 2 November, 2019


Wed - Sat 8pm, Sunday 6pm


Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre


75 mins approx



Additional Info

Auslan interpreted – Friday 25 October at 8pm
Relaxed performance – Wednesday 30 October at 8pm
Audio Description – Wednesday 30 October at 8pm

Darebin City Council
274 Gower St, Preston Victoria 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Fax: (03) 8470 8888