At Little Match Productions, we are passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice.  Live musical performance connects performers and audiences intangibly.  As our world becomes digitalised and remote, human bodies in a room where art is shared is more vital than ever before.  We at Little Match Productions are insatiably curious to share and hear other’s voices, both literally and figuratively.   

 Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality entertainment enjoyed by audiences on many levels.   

Over the past six years, Little Match Productions (formerly Little Black Dress Creatives) has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts.  Alongside our productions we offer workshops, masterclasses and other production-specific activities to maximise community engagement. If you have a special project in mind, we can also facilitate custom works.

About Us

We are a collective of like-minded female arts professionals.  Founded by Alicia Cush and joined by Penny Challen (Co-Artistic Directors) and Performer/Producer Bethan Ellsmore, we engage a variety of artists in rigorous collaboration for each project.  

Alicia Cush is a Brisbane-based performer, musical director, arranger, conductor and independent producer. She has been a Circa performer and part of the Opera Q ensemble. Recently, Alicia was a 2high Festival Producer, toured internationally with Circa’s Il Ritorno and was an artist-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre. This year will see Alicia on a Belladiva state tour, national touring with Babushka and in development for The Owl & the Pussycat.

Bethan Ellsmore is growing her reputation as a truly versatile vocalist, producer and performer. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Classical Voice), she continued with a Master of Music Studies in Jazz & Contemporary Voice.

Bethan’s varied experience on stage includes recital and performance of opera, music theatre, jazz and pop.

​ Penny Challen brings over 15 years experience in production design to Little Match.  Having trained at QCA and  NIDA , she has worked with some of the leading names in world theatre on productions for companies such as the UK's The Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.  Locally she has created designs for Opera Queensland, The State  Library of Queensland, Queensland Theatre and La Boite. Penny is a passionate advocate for women in the performing arts, and telling women's stories.