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Elsie For Vestri

2 - 4 Jun

Meet Elsie, a gender-fluid twenty-something who can’t leave her tiny apartment.

By Alicia Battestini, with Mic Gruchy

Five people struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of the charismatic and infuriating Elsie; a gender fluid twenty-something who couldn’t leave her apartment for weeks after the death of her mother, but then one day just simply vanishes.

A collision of joyous and eccentric character performance with sumptuous imagery, Elsie for Vestri is a celebration of dress ups, fantasy, and intense physicality as a balm for grief.

Click here to find out more about the artist behind the show.


Book this show as part of a Merrigong Season Ticket
You can include this show as part of a 2022 Season Ticket. Choose 5 shows from only $290 and you’ll also get a range of extra perks, like free ticket exchanges and discounts at The Social café & bar. Read more and book here.

Mental health services, counselling, community connection

Please note: There will be counsellors available at each performance should anyone at any time feel it helpful to speak with someone – this might be right then and there at the event, stepping outside of the theatre to check-in, or speaking with a counsellor and booking an appointment at a service that fits you.



  • Kids HelpLine – For kids, teens, young adults, parents:  1800 55 1800  /
  • 1800RESPECT:  1800 737 732  /
  • 13YARN – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters to yarn to.  For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  24/7 support, FREE & CONFIDENTIAL:  13 92 76  /
  • Lifeline:  13 11 14
  • MensLine:  1300 78 99 78   /


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Cast and Creative Team

Cast Alicia Battestini


MERRIGONGX is our annual artists’ program. It focuses on supporting artists to take creative risks.

MERRIGONGX places artists and their practice at the centre of our community. From in-house creative developments to full-blown public presentations of new work, and everything in between, MERRIGONGX provides independent artists with financial, technical, marketing and artistic resources.

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Pay What You Feel

We want to make it easier to experience new works. So for this event there is no set ticket price. Instead, you simply reserve a spot, show up, then pay what you feel the performance is worth afterwards.

1. Reserve your spot for free.

Register and reserve your spot online.

If this is your first time, you will need to sign up. All you need is an email address and a credit or debit card (note – no money is charged to your card.)

2. See the show. 

You know this bit…

3. Pay what you feel. 

After the show, we’ll send you an email asking how much you want to contribute. You choose the amount based on your experience and your circumstances. There is no minimum or maximum amount.

Important: If you reserve a seat and don’t show up on the night, you will be charged a $20 no-show fee per seat. This ensures that the artists don’t miss out for their work.

We’re committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences.

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