isthisyours? creates original and unconventional theatre for a smart, risk taking audience that revel in the possibilities of live theatre. We are Jude Henshall, Louisa Mignone, Nadia Rossi, Ellen Steele and Tessa Leong and we have been collaborating since meeting as students at Flinders Drama Centre. Our company ethos is to search for humour in the serious, and find significance in the ridiculous, all to challenge our world’s seeming certainties. Launching as a company in 2007 isthisyours? have created five full-scale works. Nathalie Ribout, by Philippe Blasband in 2007, Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake in 2009 Winner of Adelaide Fringe Development Award, Best We Forget in 2010, presented by Tamarama Rock Surfers in Sydney and at the Brisbane Festival in 2012, You Wanna Talk About It (self-presented) Adelaide Fringe 2014, Winner of ‘Weekly’ Award for Best Theatre, Winner of ‘Tour Ready’ award supported by the Melbourne Fringe and The Awkward Years (self-presented) Adelaide Fringe 2015.
We make performance to bring people together and challenge notions of what is certain. We forge connections with these people- in public- in private- in secret- and ask questions that mobilise new audiences. We are in cahoots with those who embrace adventure, ideas big and small. We aim to make an audience smile, converse and act upon these perceptions for days, hours and years to come. We create work that resonates with people and their own ideas. The world around us is ever inspiring: full of tiny karaoke stages; abandoned cinemas; and studies of the brain that excite us no end. isthisyours? makes work for everyday people who are inspired and excited by the tiny brilliances that can occur in live engaging performance..
“Work from this group is rare as hen’s teeth. Don’t miss their next one” DB Magazine.