By Eloise Snape
12 May - 17 June 2023
Hazel is no angel. In fact, she’s a delusional, reality TV-obsessed fantasist who swears like a sailor and has a fondness for greased-up male strippers.
She’s also hugely, undeniably, ready-to-pop pregnant.
Up the duff and coasting through ultrasounds, baby showers and appointments with her midwife, Hazel is very good at ignoring the stark reality that’s about to rock her world from the inside out—literally.
What happens when you’re not ready to swap grinding to Ginuwine for nursery rhymes? When you’re questioning whether you’re even cut out for motherhood, but that horse bolted eight months ago? Pony is the sassy, oh-so-crass one-woman crusade that’s desperately searching for the light at the end of the (vaginal) tunnel.
The exquisitely comedic Briallen Clarke (A Strategic Plan, Irreverent) stars as the mortifyingly hilarious Hazel in the Australian stage’s answer to Fleabag and The Letdown.
Shortlisted for the Griffin Award 2022, the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2022–23, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2021 and the Patrick White Playwrights Award 2022
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Director Anthea Williams
Set & Costume Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Voice Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Stage Manager Jen Jackson
With Briallen Clarke
Previews 12 – 16 May
Opening Nights 17 & 18 May
Season 19 May – 17 June
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm
Meet The Artists
Tuesday 23 May
Tuesday 30 May
95 minutes (no interval)
Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.
2023 Main Season Tickets Pricing
|Senior, Preview, Groups 8+||$52|
*Monday Rush tickets are available online and over the phone on Mondays from noon, for that evening’s performance until sold out.
2023 Season Subscription Pricing
|4 Play||3 Play||2 Play|
|$176||Senior, Preview||$138||Senior, Preview||$98|
|Under 35||$140||Under 35||$108||Under 35||$74|
“Pony is an exuberant show that kicks up its heels in the face of life’s messiness.” ★★★★—Joyce Morgan, The Sydney Morning Herald
“Clarke makes a lot of clever choices that really help shape the story. She doesn’t hold back and gives her whole body to this performance.”—Lauren Donikian, Theatre Travels
“Crass, in your face and oh so funny, Pony is the pregnant tragicomedy you didn’t know your life was missing.”—Chantelle Mayo, Toasting Aussie Theatre
“Performer Briallen Clarke is flawless in the production…Clarke’s work is wonderfully rich, and her ability to endear her audience to the difficult story, is quite a marvel to witness.”—Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See
“Snape has honed her script to be as sharp as a Global knife set and then bravely handed it over to Clarke and director Anthea Williams who have fleshed it out as one of the great stage creations in recent times.”—John Moyle, City Hub
“As Hazel, solo on the pocket-sized Griffin stage, Clarke triumphs in building a shared irony with her audience, unforced, natural and gutsy.”—Martin Portus, Stage Whispers
“Clarke has our attention from the get-go, and she never loses it. Her comedic timing and stage presence is wonderful.”—Carrie Kablean, Megaphone Oz
“Isabel Hudson’s set design – complete with shimmering iridescent mermaid scale walls – is fabulous.”—Kate Prendergast, Time Out Sydney
“Eloise Snape makes the shift from performer and producer to playwright with Pony, her wonderfully comic and insightful debut one woman play.”—Jade Kops, Broadway World Sydney
Meet the Playwright
Meet Briallen Clarke
Meet Anthea Williams
This production of Pony contains descriptions of medical procedures conducted on people with vaginas during pregnancy and childbirth, detailed descriptions of childbirth and sexual intercourse, sexual references and references to sexism and genitalia. The production also includes loud sounds and flashing lights, including spinning reflective light from mirror balls and mirror panels. Please contact us on [email protected] or (02) 9332 1052 if you require further detail or have any questions.
This project was supported through a residency at Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney.