“Whimsical yet powerful, Mother of Compost, is a show with ecological advice that’s worth hearing and heeding”
Dearest compost, I am your mother and I am your child.
We live in an ecologically precarious time. Some of us don’t want to bring children into this world, others are worried their children won’t have a world to grow old into... but we’ve still got a whole lot of love to give. Rethink what it means to give birth and be birthed, and dance along with us in this gooey, camp and interactive subversion of family portraits, birthing classes, and evolutionary biology.
Over the course of the performance, the audience transforms from strangers to the beginnings of a family. Mother of Compost is a queer and unruly family gathering and a communal grieving for what is being lost and everything left to fight for.
From the minds of queer performance-makers Noémie Huttner-Koros and director Andrew Sutherland, Mother of Compost asks you to roll up your sleeves this Fringe Festival… Change only comes from getting your hands dirty.
“Noémie Huttner-Koros was a joyful, sometimes sad, brilliant presence in the room.”
With the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Government of Western Australia.
Open captions in English for all shows. Post-show dialogue on 5 January 2023, with speech to text interpretation available upon request. Please email your request to [email protected] before 22 December 2022.
- Once tickets are sold, there are strictly no cancellation, exchange or refund.
- For concession tickets, random verification checks may be carried out at the theatre.
Photography and videography are strictly not allowed during the performance.
COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM)
As per the latest COVID-19 SMM by the National Arts Council, effective as of 29 August 2022, mask-wearing is optional in theatres, and safe distancing is no longer required.
We highly encourage our audiences to practise social responsibility. Do stay home to rest if you are feeling unwell. You are welcome to continue wearing a mask in the theatre.
We welcome patrons who need accessible seating arrangements—including wheelchair users, those who require access to open captions, and those with assistance dogs.
Due to varying production designs and seating configurations, please contact us at [email protected] before booking your ticket so we can share more information about seating and routes with you. You can also find more information about accessibility at the Fringe website.
Open captions are available for all shows.
For queries or more information, please contact us at [email protected].
WRITER/PERFORMER/PRODUCER – NOÉMIE HUTTNER-KOROS (they/them)
Noémie is a performance-maker, writer, dramaturg and community organiser. Noémie’s practice engages with sites and histories where ecological crisis, queer culture, and composting occur. Their work has taken place in theatres, galleries, alleyways, dinner parties, and blanket forts. The Lion Never Sleeps was nominated for four Performing Arts WA awards and was named in the Australian Book Review’s Arts Highlights of 2019. Noemie has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is currently studying a Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy). They were the winner of the 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize and the 2021 West Australian Young Environmentalist of the Year. They love hanging out with chickens and being in the ocean.
DIRECTOR – ANDREW SUTHERLAND (he/they)
Andrew is a Queer Poz (PLHIV) writer and performance-maker. Recent works include Salome δ (Delta), 30 Day Free Trial and Poorly Drawn Shark (Blaz Award for New Writing 2020 and 2019), a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be (Intercultural Theatre Institute 2019, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021), and as director for Mother of Compost and small & cute oh no. His debut poetry collection Paradise (Point of Transmission) was published by Fremantle Press in August 2022.
DRAMATURG - SAM NERIDA (they/them)
Sam is a theatre maker, producer and award-winning playwright. They are a founding artist of Static Drive Co, working as their Producer, notably creating and delivering To The Front (2021). They have worked for The Blue Room Theatre as their Associate Producer, and currently work for Perth Festival as the Associate Producer in Creative Learning. In 2020 Sam was commissioned to contribute to Playwriting Australia’s Dear Australia, was a KISS Club and Perth Festival Lab artist, and directed The Jellyman. Their play See You Next Tuesday was awarded Best New Writing (The Blue Room Theatre), Best New Work and Best Independent Production (Performing Arts Western Australia Awards) for 2019. They have worked as a dramaturg for Tempest Theatre (Sparrow), Static Drive (Night Sweats) and Alexa Taylor (Two Canaries), as well as sessionally at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
AUDIO VISUAL DESIGNER – EDWIN SITT (he/him)
Edwin is a Perth/Boorloo based filmmaker and AV designer. He holds a Master in Screen Studies (Cinematography) from the WA Screen Academy (2018), Edith Cowan University, and has a practice that focuses on arts, culture, and community. Recent works include AV design for Mother of Compost (2022), and Two Canaries (2019).
LIGHTING DESIGNER - JASMINE LIFFORD (she/her)
Jasmine is a lighting designer living and working in Boorloo – Perth, Western Australia. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Production and Design, Jasmine has worked with Static Drive Co., Public Service Announcement, Stumble and other independent companies and artists as lighting designer, console operator and technician. Undergoing intensive training in both practical and creative fields has prepared her to work and create at a professional level and produce exciting and passionate work. Jasmine’s first professional role on See You Next Tuesday, directed by Alexa Taylor, contributed to winning the Performing Arts Western Australia Awards’ Best Independent Production 2020.
STAGE AND COSTUME DESIGNER – MOLLY WERNER (she/her)
Molly is a visual artist, theatre designer and educator with a practice that is intuitive and responsive to materials and space. Her aesthetic is generally minimal, using clean lines and fine finishes to draw attention to small moments and material relationships, and provide spaces for introspection and reflection. She is passionate about the potential for the arts to develop communities, foster connections, and facilitate conversation about the meaning of being human in this world.
STAGE MANAGER – CATHERINE O’DONOGHUE (she/her)
Catherine is a stage and production manager based in Boorloo, Perth. She graduated in 2019 with her Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production & Design) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Theatre credits as stage manager include See You Next Tuesday (Static Drive Co.), ARCO (WA Youth Theatre Company), Little Women (Mel&Sal), FIRE (Kalyakoorl Collective), MoveMoveMove (The Blue Room Theatre; Perth Festival), Paper Doll (New Ghosts Theatre Company), The Dirty Mother (Michelle Hall), and Two Canaries (Alexa Taylor Productions).
SOUND DESIGNER – LYNDON BLUE (they/them)
Lyndon makes weird pop songs in the back room for fans of Antipodean post-punk, sprawling art-pop and homespun disco. They also play in the band Erasers and Heathcote Blue.