"M'Lady is a show with both brains and heart: while the satire of hyper-masculinity is on point, characters are consistently rewarded when they do settle down and open up to each other. And it’s a choice that really gets the emotional lives of a lot of dudes."
Shannon Friday, The Pantograph Punch
When “nice guy” Elliot’s romantic endeavours are thwarted once again, he falls in with pick-up-artist G and his best friend Adrian, who make him a bet – they can transform him “from schmuck to skux” in just one week’s time. Elliot embarks on an odyssey through big hats, Lynx deodorant and masculine dancing in order to challenge G’s idol, superstar Nemésis, to a contest to prove which one of them is “better than beta”.
Red Scare Theatre Company invites you to peek beneath the fedoras of the men’s rights activist community in this savagely satirical musical extravaganza, featuring original songs and an all-female cast.
Book & Lyrics - Cassandra Tse & James Cain
Music & Additional Lyrics - Michael Stebbings
Director - Cassandra Tse
Music Director - Michael Stebbings
Production Manager - James Cain
Cast - Aimee Smith, Freya van Alphen Fyfe, Greer Phillips, Jayne Grace, Karen Anslow, Marysia Collins
Costume Designer - Lisa Kiyomoto-Fink
Set Designer - Ben Emerson
Lighting Designer - Michael Trigg
Stage Manager - Madeleine Warren
"...All the parts are played by women, and I cannot understate how important this choice is. M'Lady is a fierce critique of the way young men are trained to be “cool” rather than real or vulnerable. By mashing up the meninist (as in, anti-feminist) rhetoric with the always-there camp factor of musical theatre, and, even more, DRAG, M'Lady dares to both empathise with its characters and hold them accountable for the identities they are choosing." - Shannon Friday, The Pantograph Punch
"It slaughters stereotypes by noting how ridiculous it is to ask these questions while its characters, in fact, ask them. It’s genius really. At the same time, it’s intelligent and insightful; entertaining and hilarious." - Madelaine Empson, Regional News