Mothers Ruin at Slide Lounge 2016Mother’s Ruin was created collaboratively by Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood of Lady Sings it Better, Musical Director Jeremy Brennan, Elly Baxter aka The Ginstress, and Director Anthea Williams.

Director: Anthea Williams
Anthea Williams is Associate Director, New Works at Belvoir, with extensive experience as a Dramaturg and Director. Prior to joining Belvoir in 2011 Anthea was Associate Director bushfutures at London’s Bush Theatre. Anthea’s work toured Britain including The Drum Theatre Plymouth, The Ustinov Bath, The Tobacco Factory Bristol, the Norwich Playhouse, North Wall Arts Centre Cambridge, and the Latitude Festival. Other directing credits include A Question (nabokov), The Real You (SmackBang), Quiet (Fontanel). Prior to working at the Bush Theatre, Anthea was the Co-Artistic Director of SmackBang Theatre Company and the producer of Massive Company, both in Auckland, New Zealand. Anthea trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (Directing) and the University of New South Wales.

Musical Director: Jeremy Brennan
Jeremy Brennan is a Creative Producer at Slide Lounge, Sydney, and an award-winning Musical Director. Most notably, Jeremy was enlisted to turn Olympic diving gold medalist Matthew Mitcham’s biography into a cabaret. In its first season the production won Best Cabaret at the 2014 Perth Fringe Festival, and has received multiple nominations including a Green Room Award nomination for Jeremy’s work as Musical Director. Other Musical Direction credits include: Hayden Tee, Bobby Fox, Courtney Act, Catherine Alcorn, London punk performance artist David Hoyle (for Sydney Opera House), and New York cabaret icon Joey Arias for seasons at Slide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Hobart’s Festival of Voices and a season at London’s Soho theatre which was nominated for a London Cabaret Award. In 2007 Jeremy was a recipient of the Mike Walsh travel fellowship, and the following year won the inaugural Nordoff Robbins songwriting competition.

Mothers Ruin at Shene Estate and Distillery for Festival of Voices@ Shene Estate & Distillery, Tasmania. Photo by Alison Cosker.

Writer: Maeve Marsden
Maeve Marsden is a writer, producer and theatremaker based in Sydney. As well as touring with Mother’s Ruin, she is working on several projects, including Lady Sings it Better, a feminist comedy cabaret act that has been performing for 7 years, touring to critical acclaim, and Queerstories, a monthly LGBTQI storytelling night and podcast. After selling out throughout 2017, Queerstories is growing in 2018, with dates in Brisbane, Western Sydney and Melbourne, and an anthology Maeve is editing for Hachette, due for publication in October. As a writer, her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Junkee, ABC Online, SBS Online, ArtsHub, Daily Review, and Gay News Network

Researcher: Elly Baxter

Elly is a passionate gin enthusiast who writes about the topic on her blog The Ginstress and for other publications. She has been writing about gin since 2012, and drinking it since… several years earlier. She runs gin appreciation events and coordinated The Gin Revival for Vivid Sydney 2015. Unfortunately gin writing is not lucrative so in her day job she is the Publicity and Public Affairs Manager for Belvoir. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Queensland and holds a Masters in Arts Management at Deakin University.

Libby Wood
Libby has performed with Lady Sings it Better for 5 years, touring Australia and performing regularly as an MC, singer and comedy in Sydney. Libby completed a Bachelor of Music (musical theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music. She has performed at Light The Night and was a finalist in the Sydney Cabaret Showcase 2009. Her performance CV also includes musicals Promises Promises, Tommy, Sunday In The Park With George and The Wild Party.