• Bitch On Heat
  • Bitch On Heat


Bitch On Heat

Exclusive pre-season showing

Presented by Leah Shelton in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

A new work in creation by psycho-siren Leah Shelton, directed by renowned UK performance art provocateur Ursula Martinez.  Be the first to experience this new show in its fresh, raw state. 

This decadent banquet of lethal lip-synch, dark comedy and anti-burlesque is a pop-fuelled critique of sexual politics in the age of implied consent.

Welcome to the doghouse. Beware. This Bitch bites.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Part of Wonderland Festival 2018. 


Raw and guttural energy ... an extraordinary testament to the wit, intellect and performance energy of Shelton.

RealTime Magazine, Australia

Doesn’t just push boundaries, it annihilates them.

The Creative Issue

Brave, beautiful and furious work … one of Australia’s most courageous female artists.

Sometimes Mellbourne

More Info

Creator / Performer: Leah Shelton
Director: Ursula Martinez
Conceptual Collaborator: Daniel Evans
Sound Design: Kenneth Lyons
Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright
Costume & Set Design: Leah Shelton
Dramaturg: Saffron Benner
Choreographic Collaborator: Liesel Zink
Production Manager: Christine Felmingham
Voiceover: Hugh Parker (recording by Guy Webster)


Leah’s work sits in the sweet spot between alt-cabaret, physical theatre, and live art. Originally dance-trained, she has a diverse performance background which has seen her tour internationally to the US, Canada, Europe, UK, Japan and South Pacific. She has worked with companies including PVI Collective, The Good Room, Phluxus2, Frank Theatre, Lala Parlour, Bonemap, Superhero Clubhouse (NY), Spiegelworld (USA), La Clique (UK), and SITI Company (NY). Leah is also Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, one of the most prominent contemporary Pacific theatre companies in Australia.

As a solo artist, Leah creates stylized, guttural, unashamedly feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. She spent over a decade working in the intense Suzuki Actor Training Method in Brisbane and Japan, and has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique (Edinburgh, Brighton) and Vegas Nocturne (Las Vegas). She is currently touring her award-winning solo work, Terror Australis, which received a Green Room Nomination for Best Contemporary and Experimental Performer; Adelaide Fringe Innovation Award, Darwin Fringe Best Cabaret Award, Matilda Award for Best Set Design and Nominations for Best Cabaret, Best Costume Design & Best AV.

WINNER John Chataway Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe
WINNER Matilda Awards, Best Set Design
WINNER Darwin Fringe Gold Croc Award, Best Cabaret
NOMINEE Melbourne Fringe, Best Performance
NOMINEE Matilda Awards, Best Cabaret, Best Costume Design, Best AV Design.
NOMINEE Green Room Awards, Best Contemporary and Experimental Performer.


About the Venue

Common Questions

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Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

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