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Koo Koo the Bird Girl by Sarah Houbolt (opening) [Melbourne]

Koo Koo the Bird Girl by Sarah Houbolt (opening) [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Friday September 21, 2018 - 6:45 PM


Northcote Town Hall
Northcote Town Hall
Northcote, Victoria



Stacie Van Hulst

Language/ Cultural Consultant:


About the Show

Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Melbourne Fringe

Minnie Woolsley was born in 1880 and was a rock star of her times – a freak show performer, a film actress, and most importantly, free from life in the asylum. She starred in Freaks (1932) as Koo Koo the Bird Girl, a film that was banned for 30 years for its controversy.

A century later acclaimed circus and physical theatre performer Sarah Houbolt uncovers this cult classic film (rated as #72 in the list of 1001 movies you must see before you die). Equipped with an uncanny resemblance to Minnie, and a undeniable higher calling, Sarah brings you a haunting, captivating, visceral experience of the beauty of difference in this one woman show.

Expect circus narrative, skills and a heartfelt connection to a hidden past.

AUSLAN interpreted sessions: 21st and 28th September

Audio Described performance: 29th September