Present Tense in association with Theatre Works presents the culinary musical spectacular


Margaret Fulton: Queen Of The Dessert

Written by Doug Macleod and Yuri Worontchak

Directed by Bryce Ives and Nathan Gilkes

16 November – 1 December


Long before we were introduced the the furrow brow of Gordon Ramsay and saccharine finger licking antics of Nigella Lawson, Margaret Fulton was teaching Australians how to cook.
From crispy potatoes with capsicum to her legendary pavlova, Margaret Fulton: Queen Of The Dessert will be a culinary food experience full of all the right ingredients to make a musical: romance, drama, money, sex, power  and a spoonful of jam.

"I've always thought that cooking was just an interesting as men". Margaret Fulton.

In 1943 she rented a modest flat in the bohemian district of The Rocks. With dreams of being a cabaret dancer, she found herself working in the Munitions Supply Laboratories X-raying nuts and bolts. Today, Fulton is recognised as a National Living Treasure and has become one of the biggest influences in awakening the palates of meat-and-three-veg eating Australians.

"Margaret Fulton certainly deserves her own musical, even if it's just the lasagna recipe set to music ," says Doug Macleod.

Written by comedy doyen Doug Macleod (Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Midnite and the Clockwork Forest) and composer Yuri Worontschak (Eric Bana's Love The Beast and Shaun Micaellef's Mad As Hell), Margaret Fulton: Queen Of The Dessert is a singing, dancing and eating production that brings Australia's best-loved recipes face to face with Melbourne audiences.

"Not so very long ago, eggplants and olives were strange items not to be found in our pantries. Margaret Fulton changed the way we live and eat" says Present Tense Artistic Director  Bryce Ives.

The matriarch of Australian cooking will be immortalised on stage by Amy Lehpamer. Amy's theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Follies, Shane Warne The Musical and the hit Broadway musical, Rock Of Ages, receiving both Helpmann and Green Room Aware nominations for the lead role.

Amy Lehpamer as a young Margaret Fulton



Previews: Friday 16 November – Tuesday 20 November

Season: Wednesday 21 November – Saturday 1 December

Times: 3pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9.30pm (see website for details)

Bookings: or on 03 9534 3388

Tickets: $45 full / $30 conc and under 30s / $25 preview

Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda