A little bit TED talk, a little bit buddy comedy and a little bit dystopian science fiction, Never Trust a Creative City untangles the complex relationship between artists and gentrification.

Laugh, rail and weep with protagonists Emma McManus and Maria White, as they embark on a comedic journey through rising rents and social dislocation, arts-led urban renewal, pop-up galleries and ‘really dumb things on the internet.’

Inviting audiences into both circular reasoning and ethical quandaries, Never Trust a Creative City steps beyond the creative precinct to expose the gentrification of our minds, bodies and behaviours.

“A wild and wacky ride through an artistic and gentrification minefield.” CITY NEWS

Image: Too Rude

This show contains coarse language and partial nudity.

Cast & Creatives

Created and performed by (Too Rude) Emma McManus & Maria White
Dramaturg Jennifer Medway
Sound Designer Tom Hogan
Lighting Designer Emma Lockhart-Wilson
Set Designer Romanie Harper
Costume Designer Verity Mackey

Performance Times

Saturday 11 May 5pm

Blog Posts

5 Questions with Emma McManus


Never Trust a Creative City rounds out Batch Festival with some over the top, surreal discourse about gentrification in Australian cities. One half of performance outfit Too Rude, Emma McManus, gave Griffin the lowdown on what you can expect from the...

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Supported By

Supported by Arts House through CultureLAB, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre through the Ralph Indie Program, the ACT Government through artsACT, and Crack Theatre Festival through the Setting Stages initiative funded through the Australia Council.

Never Trust a Creative City undertook creative development as part of Vitalstatistix’s interdisciplinary hothouse, Adhocracy, in 2016.