Published on March 13th, 2018 | by Admin

TREVOR ASHLEY’S THE BODYBAG THE PANTO returns to Sydney and Premieres in Melbourne

Sydney Opera House 16 – 23 May

Comedy Theatre, Melbourne 31 May – 2 June


“This is high-octane pantomime…the script is barbed and crisp…Ashley is a

deliciously arch panto dame.  He’s loud, he’s coarse, he’s trashy.” –

The Sydney Morning Herald ***

“Ashley applies his fearless humour to everything from Tony Abbott to local TV stars…There are plenty of laughs, ranging from very silly sight gags to up-to-the-second political material… The Bodybag is definitely the funniest!” – TimeOut ****

“THE BODYBAG THE PANTO is a must see.  With Ashley and Scott’s fabulous wit and creativity, this is a brilliantly inventive piece of entertainment for musical theatre fans, social aware audiences and those that don’t mind a bit of smut.” –  Broadway World

Multi-award-winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*.  But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection.  Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport.

Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer (Gus Murray).  It’s not only his job to protect her – but to get her to her destination with 5 stars.  Who knew they could fall in lust?

With a cast of complicated characters including a bitchy sister (Markesha McCoy), an ab-riddled backup dancer (Heath Keating) and Rachel’s ambitious ten-year-old daughter (Nicholas Craddock), you will hear all the songs you know, like you’ve never heard, or wanted to hear them before.  Expect a plethora of 90’s divas coming down from a coke-fueled bender.

From the creators of FAT SWAN and Little Orphan TrAshley, no one is safe in this wicked and ridiculous send-up.  Not even remotely based on an Oscar-winning movie, this genre defying hilarious romantic-musical-thriller will have you sending more horrific hate mail than Barnaby Joyce got from his ex-wife.

*this show has nothing to do with nor is endorsed by Australian Idol.

Starring Trevor Ashley, Gus Murray, Markesha McCoy,

Heath Keating & Nicholas Craddock

Written by                              Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott

Choreography by                   Cameron Mitchell

Costumes by                           Angie White

Set & Lighting by                   Trent Suidgeest

Conceived & Directed by       Trevor Ashley

Tickets on Sale Friday 16 March 2018


Venue:                          Playhouse, Sydney Opera House

Season:                         Wednesday 16 May – Wednesday 23 May

Times:                           Wed-Fri 7pm; Sat 5.30pm & 8.45pm, Sun 4pm & 7.15pm; Tues 7pm

Prices:                           from $75.90

Bookings:            or (02) 9250 7777


Venue:                        Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street

Season:                       Thursday 31 May – Saturday 2 June

Times:                         Thursday & Friday 7pm; Saturday 8pm

Prices:                         from $69.90

Bookings:           or 1300 11 10 11

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