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27 July - 07 August 2016

Resident Alien

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.

From his overcrowded and famously filthy East Village apartment, Quentin Crisp - England's most famous ex-pat wit - is waiting to tell you how to be happy.

As he awaits the arrival of the mysterious Mr Brown and Mr Black, the  vintage Professor of Style expounds his own unique vision of the world. He gives us his personal recipe for self-fulfilment as he dissects life, the twentieth century and subjects as diverse as Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey and oral sex.  'Never try to keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level - it's cheaper.'

This one-man show based on the life and writings of Quentin Crisp, stars the legendary Paul Capsis who in sharing Quentin’s unforgettable philosophies asks, are they truer today than even he would have anticipated?”

"A compilation of wit, wisdom and reminiscence, - a superb study of a style that represses sentiment" NEW YORK TIMES

"...his fascinating performance comes from somewhere real..." The Age

"Capsis is mesmerising... This is an exceptional piece of theatre" Stage wispers

"...Capsis delivers a truly astonishing account, well realised at every level from the grandest flourish to the smallest detail" Limelight

"Resident Alien is engrossing and enlightening..." Arts Hub

"It's remarkable, it's memorable... a high class production." Theatre Press


Age Recommendation 16+

Street Two - unreserved | Duration - 70 minutes, no interval

More information

presented by Cameron Lukey in association with The Street
written by Tim Fountain

Starring Helpmann Award Winner Paul Capsis
Direction Gary Abrahams
Photo Sarah Walker


Age Recommendation 16+

15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

Directions & Map

Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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