On 16 April 1975, a saucy hausfrau with a feather duster and a bare bottom stepped onto the stage of the Balmain Bijou and changed Australian theatre. Betty Blokk-Buster Follies was the talk of the town. The one-man show was hailed by The National Times as “the greatest thing since Rice Bubbles” and its creator, Reg Livermore, became a star.

The Bijou is no more (converted to apartments) but Betty lives again in a brand-new show by Red Line Productions (the multi-award-winning custodians of Sydney’s Old Fitzroy Theatre), directed by Craig Ilott (Velvet, Smoke & Mirrors) and starring the multi-talented Josh Quong Tart.

Inspired by the original 1975 staging and created with Livermore’s imprimatur, this 21st century Betty Blokk-Buster invites Sydney Festival audiences into her tent show, where a live band and Betty’s coterie of reinvented has-beens, battlers, freaks and survivors are waiting to wow a new generation.

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Andrew Henry and Vanessa Wright for Red Line Productions
Written By
Reg Livermore, Mary Rachel Brown, Louis Nowra.
Set Designer
Brian Thomson
Costume Designer
Tim Chappel
Lighting Designer
Trent Suidgeest
Music Director
Andrew Worboys
Sound Engineer
Anthony Lorenz
Stage Manager
Bronte MacInnes
Ellen Simpson
Josh Quong Tart
Kaylah Attard
Melissa Pringle
Elenoa Rokobara