Melbourne Fringe Festival


Following the successful run during the last Bangkok Theatre Festival, “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” by Shaun Prendergast will make its Australian premiere this September as part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Supported by Maribyrnong City Council, Arts and Culture Maribyrnong and Festival City, this is Peel the Limelight’s second tour out of Thailand after a run of their 2015 production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph in Ho Chi Minh City.

The play was originally staged as part of the 13th edition of the Bangkok Theatre Festival (2015), winning multiple nominations and specific awards for Best Ensemble and Best Direction.

Directed by Peter O’Neill, the production opened in Thailand to a sold-out season and critical acclaim, with the Bangkok Post describing it as “an intense sensory experience that provokes the imagination” and What’s On Sukhumvit calling it  “an exquisite exploration in creative drama and the imaginative power of sound”.

For the Australian tour, Peel the Limelight has invited Thai actors Sasithorn Panichnok and Peevara Kitchumnongpan who will join the company and perform alongside Peel the Limelight veterans Siree Riewpaiboon, James Laver, Claire Stanley and Jaime Zúñiga.

When we visited Vietnam in 2015, the media and the audience were very welcoming and receptive of our work. Being now part of such a prestigious festival as the Melbourne Fringe, performing among 400 other productions, makes this tour more challenging but even more exciting.
— Actress Siree Riewpaiboon

The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

Dates: September 14 – 23 (no show on Monday 18)
Times: 8:30 PM (September 16-17 at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM)
Running time: 65 min

Venue: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tickets: Full $30, Concession $25, Cheap Tuesday $20, Group (10+) 25$
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For media enquiries: Jaime Zúñiga, or 0418113636

Bangkok Theatre Festival

Upon its return to Thailand, Peel the Limelight will present “Spoonface Steinberg” by Lee Hall as part of the Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017.

The play tells the story of an 8-year-old autistic girl nicknamed Spoonface who is dying of cancer. She loves opera and has a flair for numbers but her greatest gift, is the purity and clarity she brings to living and, ultimately, dying. During such divisive times in the world, Spoonface shines a spark of light on the transition to us all becoming one.

Directed by Peter O’Neill and starring Claire Stanley, the production will be run at Spark Drama Studio this November.


Dates: November 9 – 19
(no show on Mon 13, Tue 14, Wed 15)
Times: 7:30 PM
Running time: 60 min

Venue: Spark Drama (conveniently located a 5-minute walk from BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit stations, in the 2nd floor of Jasmine City Building)

Tickets: To go on sale on September 25th.

For media enquiries: Jaime Zúñiga,