From the creator of the award nominated show that brought you Wool – A History of Australia’s Wool Industry – The Musical comes Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical?
In 2013, the Essendon Football Club was rocked by one of the biggest doping scandals in AFL history.
Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical? is a (slightly) biased at what it means to be a diehard fan when your heroes fall from grace.
Spend 5 minutes with Kit Richards:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
It’s a pub rock musical about the Essendon doping scandal of 2013 and how I felt as a diehard Bombers fan during the ordeal. You don’t have to know anything about football in order to enjoy it and it will be biased, so don’t come if you are against the Bombers.
What/Who was its inspiration?
I wanted to create a musical that was about the AFL, contemporary history and for it to be more personal, and I thought this time period was a really great topic. At the time, there were hundreds of opinion pieces and news outlets dragging the bombers, but not much was said on behalf of the fans, so I’m speaking up now.
What do you think its best quality is?
Definitely the music. I’ve got a great band with me, made up with musicians/actors/comedians who frequent the Melbourne Underground music scene. The lyrics are funny and the music is catchy.
Why should people see it?
I think it’s a fun look at what it means to be a fan. Especially when the object of your fandom does something bad. With cancel culture deep in the cultural zeitgeist, I think it’s an interesting and important topic to discuss the fandom surrounding it.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
I’m creating this show for everyone who’s ever been a fan of something, so I hope it resonates with you.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
It all started with Lano and Woodley. I have their TV show memorised and they’re still some of the funniest people in the game. When I grew up, it became Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Anne Edmonds, Geraldine Hickey and Zoe Coombs-Marr. Seeing hilarious women do weird things made me think that I could be funny and do weird things.
Who makes you want to create
This is a lame answer, but the only person I create for is myself, really. I’m extremely outspoken, but I grew up not being listened to by my peers that much so now I channel everything I want to say in my work and force people to pay to listen to my ideas.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
Over the years, I have tried to quit many times, but I keep coming back to it. At the deep centre of it, I just love to make people laugh. I don’t care if I’m on a stage or in a pub, humour is just the way that I communicate with people.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
It means having a voice. Being able to communicate to a wide variety of people and have a common place to have a conversation with people. Maybe sometimes the topic will be deeply important, sometimes it’ll be stupid, but it’s still all about human connection.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Outspoken, cheeky, thoughtful
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
- I’m a keen unionist. I was the delegate at my last work place and I got into many fights with management.
- I’m an extremely picky eater. The list of what I won’t eat is definitely longer than what I will.
- I’m pretty handy. I could build an easy bookshelf from scratch if I wanted to (I rarely do)
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shut down?
Very excited! The past year has made me realise how much I missed it.
What is next for you?
I’m going to do the comedy festival and then I might have a new show up my sleeve for Fringe and another new one for comedy festival next year?
KIT RICHARDS – SCANDAL! A REFLECTION ON ESSENDON’S DOPING SAGA: THE MUSICAL?
From ASADA to WADA and Hird to Robson, Scandal! will feature original music alongside a live band comprised of members from beloved Melbourne acts, Porpoise Spit, RAT!hammock and Zig Zag.
Under the direction of Lucy Rees (The Improv Conspiracy), this hilarious and heartfelt journey through a fan’s struggle to overcome hurt and betrayal will feature Kit Richards, Elly Hewitt, Dom Buckham and Kelly Dingeldei.
Taking the reins as script editor and dramaturg is comedy royalty, Scott Edgar, best known for his work with Tripod.
When Kit isn’t writing musicals about things you’d never thought there’d be a musical about, she works as a writer for ABC’s Hard Quiz and previously worked on ABC’s Get Krack!n’.
March 25 – April 4