Outer Child (Melbourne Fringe) [Melbourne]
Outer Child (Melbourne Fringe) [Melbourne]

Event Information


Sunday October 22, 2023
3:30 PM


Theory Bar
19 Meyers Place,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Gabriel Kirley

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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It’s time to heal – whether you’re prepared for the wounds to break open or not. On this frenzied journey of self-discovery and self-destruction, you’ll be ushered through the six steps towards repair, understanding and self-compassion. Join Golden Gibbo-nominated Ashley Apap as she wrestles with the child inside her (ew, not like that).

Ashley is deeply insecure – but inside her is a loud, grotty ball of confidence. Through her remarkable character work, original songs and colourful personality, she’ll take you along on an exploration sure to be “filled with heart, deep belly laughs and killer vocals” (Theatre Thoughts).

After sold out runs of her award-nominated debut hour ‘Ouch!’ in 2022, ‘Outer Child’ takes a more conceptual path. The writer/performer examines how our insecurities can conflict with our true selves, and how seemingly harmless influences may be more damaging than they appear. This hour of mayhem may leave you asking, “and is this ‘Inner Child’ in the room with us right now?”.

“Everyone’s inner child deserves an outing like this … a dynamic hour … she’s upped the ante with outstanding production values.” – The Age

“Apap is unapologetically and unashamedly brilliant” – Weekend Notes

“Apap’s comic ability is on full display in Outer Child … latest success from an incredibly likable, earnest performer.” – Theatre Travels

“A triumph for this up-and-coming artist.” – Theatre Thoughts

“Intimate, entertaining and thoroughly relatable … a truly incredible performance.” – Theatre People

This project received Cash for Equity through the Fringe Fund, as part of the Ralph Mclean Microgrants program and as part of Radical Access.

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