Little Match Productions is one of Queensland’s leading independent theatre companies, creating and producing high quality new Australian musical performance.
Based in Brisbane, Little Match is driven to explore our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media, the voice. We are insatiably curious to share and hear others’ voices, both literally and figuratively.
Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality theatre to every member of the family. We develop, create and tour musical works that tell great stories of integrity and contemporary relevance, of women, society’s values and reflect on its growth and challenges. We are committed to tuning-in little ears to quality music through highly-accessible theatre to foster the next generation of music lovers and music-makers.
In rigorous collaboration with diverse artists, we have established a reputation for our unique ability to present classical repertoire and techniques in contemporary contexts. The foundation for each new work is ethical story-telling with integrity and contemporary relevance, high quality new music, ability to tour regionally and engagement of female creatives.
Over the past five years, Little Match has produced work for Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Wonderland Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Anywhere Theatre Festival, and presented at Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Noosa Long Weekend.
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 Laura Coutts, 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.
Recently relocating from London after studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Laura is establishing herself as a versatile Brisbane-based vocalist and creative producer. Laura trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Margaret Schindler. She has performed as part of both Babushka and Belladiva, including appearances at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Brisbane Cabaret Festival.
Penny Challen brings 20 years experience in creative & 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.