Citizen Theatre – Ascent

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Citizen Theatre in association with Theatre Works presents, as a part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival


Improve yourself to death.

Creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with a unique combination of original vocal and musical elements, Ascent is an innovative new music theatre production that takes audiences on the journey of one woman ever reaching for the ideal.

Undergoing a series of physical transformations in a quest to feel forever fresh and relevant, Ascent is another premiere Australian season by local outfit Citizen Theatre that examines what it is to be a woman, and the lengths some people will go to to achieve “perfection”.

Running for THREE SHOWS ONLY at Theatre Works this Melbourne Fringe Festival, Citizen Theatre proudly brings Melbourne audiences a pertinent new work.

Citizen Theatre is an independent Melbourne-based theatre company that has been producing and creating new work and existing plays since 2013. The company is drawn to presenting social causes and issues on stage and works with a feminist, access conscious approach in mind. Many of their shows explore the combinations that music and theatre can offer, re-imagining how musical forms of theatre are perceived in Australia. Previous seasons include Alexithymia, Inferno: A Double Bill, Nude, The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night.

This season of Ascent is generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, as part of ShowSupport.

Written/Directed/Produced by Jayde Kirchert
Performed by Marty Alix, Jordan Barr, Kala Gare, Willow Sizer, Jessica Vellucci
Non-performing collaborator: Jenni Little
Music Composed by Imogen Cygler
Visual Design Collaborator/Graphic Design/Produced by Stu Brown
Lighting Designed by Ashleigh Barnett
Stage Managed/Operated by Sophie Andrew
Social Media Coordinator/Producing Assistant: Steph Clare-Cover
Image by Stu Brown

“… a beautifully polished piece of theatre…” – Stage Whispers (Alexithymia)

“The writing by Kirchert is excellent, intelligent, engaging, fluid, almost academically philosophical prose”Theatre People (Nude)

28 – 30 September, 2018
Fri – Sun 7pm
Tickets: $32 Full, $28 Concession and Grps 6+, $26 Early Bird (available
until 26 August), Fringe Pass Welcome
Tickets via, or
(03) 9660 9666
Venue: Theatre Works – 14 Acland St, St Kilda

Show Duration: 60 minutes


High res images for download (click then right click to download):

Subject: Kala Gare
Photographer: Stu Brown