Hurry Up and Wait
“A truly happy, fun and intelligent show.” ★★★★★
– Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
A couple of clowns have rushed to town to see the grand circus parade. They find the best spot, right next to the big red clock; the parade will arrive at three o’clock on the dot! They sit, they wait, they get bored, they get hungry … until their imaginations take over and waiting becomes a game. They dine on food that appears out of thin air, use simple items to create amazing new worlds and discover an entire universe inside a hat!
Hurry Up and Wait is a unique blend of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett loaded with exquisite physical comedy. The performers take the audience on a hilarious and imaginative journey of emotional highs and lows as their interminable wait unfolds. Hurry Up and Wait has delighted children and families around Australia and the world.
Suitable for 3–10 year olds.
“A magical show, sure to captivate audiences of all ages” – Primary Times, Edinburgh
“If you don’t have children, find some and take them or simply take yourself – you’ll love it!”” – Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
“… the audience, children and parents alike, are in constant fits of laughter. At the end of the show I heard one child ask, ‘Can we watch it again?’” ★★★★★ – Informed Edinburgh
“It really is a true indication of the quality of a show when the audience, children and parents alike, are in constant fits of laughter.” – Fringe Review, Edinburgh
“Two hugely talented performers” – Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
“It was the best show ever. I liked the part where Tally and Shorty had an ice-cream shower.” – Vivian Lu, age 6, MacGregor State School, Brisbane
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Written by Bridget Boyle and Liz Skitch
Performed by Clint Bolster and Liz Skitch
Director: Bridget Boyle
Dramaturgy: David Megarrity
Original design: Samantha Paxton
Sound design: Donald Stewart and Tony Brumpton
“If you don’t have children, find some and take them or simply take yourself – you’ll love it! ” ★★★★★
– Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Click here to view the full review
“… the audience, children and parents alike, are in constant fits of laughter. At the end of the show I heard one child ask, ‘Can we watch it again?’” ★★★★
– Informed Edinburgh Click here to view the full review
“This perfectly-pitched Australian show will make children – and their parents – look at the most mundane things in a new way.”
– The Stage Edinburgh Click here to view the full review
“A magical show, sure to captivate audiences of all ages. It was thoroughly enjoyed by my three children aged 5-11 (any myself), and as the gentleman behind me said ‘I may be 35 but I feel like a kid again – that was brilliant!’”
– Primary Times, Edinburgh Click here to view the full review
Commissioned and originally co-produced with Queensland Theatre Company. Hurry Up and Wait premiered at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival (2010).
2019 Shanghai International Arts Festival, China.
2016 Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, Perth.
2014/2015 Brisbane Festival, Artsworx Theatre (Toowoomba), Redland Performing Arts Centre, Gympie Civic Centre (Little Kids Day Out Festival).
2013 State Library of Queensland, Jetty Memorial Theatre (Coffs Harbour), Zenith Theatre (Chatswood Sydney), Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Penrith).
2012 Japan tour and season at the Kijimuna Festa International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences in Okinawa.
2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2010 Queensland school’s tour (with Queensland Theatre Company).
Hurry Up and Wait is available for tour.
Target audience: Families and children 3 + years
Running time: 50 minutes
Number in touring party: 2 x artists, 1 x stage/production manager
Bump in: 4 hours Bump out: 3 hours
Venue: Theatres, community venues
Venue technical requirements: Stage size, 6m wide x 4m deep with minimum height clearance of 2.5m
Dressing room or changing area required
Lighting: Flexible basic rig
Sound: production tours with laptop or CD player to plug into venue basic PA; 2 x lapel mics and fold back may be required for large venues
Marketing materials: High quality images available. Poster, flier and advertising artwork available for additional fees.
Workshops in clowning and in commedia from primary school students.
Workshops in play and imagination for mums, dads and children.
Hurry Up and Wait travelled to Shanghai in 2019 and was presented to over 2,000 young people and their families at the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Liz Skitch led the adaptation of the work for a non-English speaking audience READ MORE…