One of Australia’s most unique and thrilling performers – Natalie Gamsu (Strictly Ballroom, Ladies in Black) teams up with New York Writer Craig Harwood, ARIA Nominated and Helpmann Award Winning Actor and Musician iOTA (Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Smoke & Mirrors, Mad Max Fury Road) and Multi Award winning Australian Composer and Musical Director Max Lambert (Miracle City, Strictly Ballroom, King Kong) to create an original and enigmatic new work, previewing in Melbourne for a strictly limited Preview Season this April.

CARMEN, LIVE OR DEAD is the fascinating and extraordinary story of Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, the Love Child of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Carmen is complex. She is irreverent. She is salacious. She is bold. She is intersex. And it is the last day of her life.

Conceived by Craig Harwood and Natalie Gamsu, CARMEN is a fascinating, edgy and entertaining story of identity and survival. Starring one of Australia’s most diverse and exciting theatre and cabaret actors – Natalie Gamsu, and featuring original music by iOTA and Max Lambert.

At the end of her life, Carmen takes us on a reflective journey of discovery – an orphan, a refugee, a hermaphrodite, a human.

CARMEN, LIVE OR DEAD celebrates difference, embracing the feminine and the masculine with joy and life. A story brimming with unyielding authenticity, humour and grace, CARMEN is a unique and gripping theatrical experience that is moving, entertaining and thoroughly liberating.

This exciting new production is presented by Oriel Entertainment Group who recently brought Melbourne the critically acclaimed production of I Am My Own Wife (fortyfivedownstairs). It is directed by Sydney Theatre Award nominated director Shaun Rennie (Rent, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, I Am My Own Wife) and produced by Helpmann Award-winning actress Elise McCann (currently playing Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical).

Tickets are now on sale for this brief Melbourne season at The Butterfly Club and can be purchased at www.thebutterflyclub.com or by calling (03) 9663 8107.


Starring Natalie Gamsu
By Craig Harwood
Original Music by iOTA and Max Lambert
Directed By Shaun Rennie
Musical Direction By Andrew Kroenert
Additional Cast – Stefanie Jones

Presented by Oriel Entertainment Group in association with The Butterfly Club.
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson place, Melbourne
Season: Tuesday 25th April – Sunday 30th April 2017
Time: 8.30pm
Price: Full $35, Concession $32, Members & Groups (6+) $30
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com