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Public Toilets, Private Words at Brisbane Powerhouse

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We've all seen them.

Those words scrawled or scratched into the door of a public toilet.

Whether a bitter jeer, a profession or love or a poetic revelation, this public graffiti has the power to anger us, make us laugh, or simply remind us that we share our world with many other people, who have their own thoughts, problems and desires.


Coming soon to The Powerhouse is a cabaret centring on this theme.

Public Toilets, Private Words is written and directed by Daniel Czech, alongside Eloise Maree, Caitlin Armstrong and Thomas Albert.

I spoke with Eloise Maree to find out more…


What inspired this Cabaret?

This cabaret was inspired by toilet graffiti culture across the world. Toilet graffiti is the original blog comments - an uncensored medium projecting the thoughts, trials and tribulations of our time. It reveals so much about our private thoughts in a public place - this is the perfect recipe for a punk-rock comedy cabaret show.


What part do you play? What have you worked on before?

I am the producer and one of devisors and performers in the show. We all wrote the show together, taking the words off the walls and putting it into the stories of three characters. My character is called Eloise - she is an exaggerated version of myself, although probably channeling more of my playful side! Before this, I have worked as a producer and performer across Brisbane, Indonesia and Melbourne including shows at Metro Arts, La Mama, Arts House and more. I recently arrived back from working at the worlds biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Who else is in the play?
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Caitlin Armstrong and Thomas Albert are my fantastic co-devising and performing team. They are both well-respected cabaret performers in their own right - Thomas has just won Short and Sweet QLD and Caitlin is just finishing up a QLD tour of a children's show! They bring a lot to the table from musical talent, clowning and general fabulousness on stage.

Did you have to do any funky research (e.g. Go hunting for some great public toilet graffiti)?

We have about 20 pages of unedited toilet graffiti collected from Byron Bay, Woodford, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Ancient Rome and of course the ever handy interwebs. We had some fun going on scavenger hunts with a twist - obviously spending a lot more time in public toilets than usual! We have had to do about five photoshoots in toilets together now, meaning that we are probably most relaxed around each other in a bathroom. Strange....


What was the best part when putting this show together?

The sheer joy of being in a space of reckless abandonment and laughter that now has toured Australia. We had a lot of fun putting together this show, laughing at the strange words of wisdom we collected. I remember one night we spent jamming different original music inspired by toilets and I honestly have never laughed so hard. Now, 'I've got my pants round my ankles' is a show favourite with audiences across the country!


The worst part?

The smell of male urinals. I now know that the girls bathrooms are definitely a preference for photoshoots (take note photographers!).


In one sentence, why should anyone go to see this cabaret?

It's a look into a very naughty, uncensored public (toilet) mirror.


And just for the record, have you ever graffitied a public toilet? If so, what did you draw/ write?

When I was in grade seven, I had a mega crush on the school captain. As my friends would not understand the sophistication of my burning school yard emotions, the toilet wall became my closest confidant.


Catch "Public Toilets, Private Words" at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday 11 December at 7:30pm, or Sunday 14 December at 5:30pm
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Why? A funky cabaret made entirely out of toilet graffiti
When: Thursday 11 December at 7:30pm, or Sunday 14 December at 5:30pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: Book tickets at: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org
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