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BETTY BLOKK-BUSTER REIMAGINED

Directed by Craig Ilott
7 - 26 January

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 reimagined 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.

“[Livermore’s] shows in the '70s and early '80s were skilful, expressive and daring… [without them] the history of Australia's performing arts would be a great deal poorer and far less colourful” –
The Sydney Morning Herald


Produced by Andrew Henry and Vanessa Wright for Red Line Productions
“Inspired by Reg Livermore’s Betty Blokk-Buster Follies of 1975”


Directed by Craig Ilott
Starring Josh Quong Tart
Musical Direction Andrew Worboys
With Andy Davies, Tina Harris, Glenn Morehouse & Andrew Worboys
Featuring Kaylah Attard, Melissa Pringle & Elanoa Rokobaro
Writing by Mary Rachel Brown & Louis Nowra
Additional Material by Josh Quong Tart
Reimagined by The Company
Original Writing by Reg Livermore AO
Set by Brian Thomson AM
Costumes by Tim Chappel
Lighting Design by Trent Suidgeest
Choreography by Ellen Simpson
Sound Design by Anthony Lorenz
Production Management by Lauren Peters
Stage Management by Bronte MacInnes
Assistant Stage Management by Brooke Verburg

Betty Blokk-Buster Follies opened on April 16 1975. Credits were as follows:

Starring Reg Livermore with the augmented Baxter Funt Ballroom Orchestra and The Reginas
Production devised and designed by Reg Livermore
Directed by Peter Batey
Choreography by Keith Bain
Costumes by Glenda Jackson of Queen Street Woollahra and Madam Rose Jackson
Produced by Eric Dare