Sorry to Cut You Off, Penny

Young women cook up a political storm over recent federal election in new theatre work

Four female emerging artists will digest the recent election, with a side of Potatoes a la Dutton, when Tantrum Youth Arts’ new show Sorry to Cut You Off, Penny premieres in Sydney at PACT from 4-7 September.

With a dash of onstage cooking, a pinch of feminism and a twist of wild dance party, Sorry to Cut You Off, Penny turns an election night dinner party into a punchy and deeply personal journey, as these four young women confront a nation and make their voices heard. Collaborating with award winning theatre maker David Williams, Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble – Alana McGaughey, Meg O’Hara, Phoebe Turnbull and Daynah Simmons – developed the performance over the past 6 months, alongside state and federal elections, school climate strikes and Eggboy.

The creative process facilitated by Williams, a frontrunner in political theatre in Australia, has ensured the women’s voices take the lead. The script has come directly from no-holds-barred conversations in rehearsal, leading to a joyous, comic blur between art and life.

“We started with activism and politics but quickly found ourselves talking about food, domesticity and gender,’ says O’Hara. “It’s just really exciting to have the chance to speak our truth onstage.”

The title Sorry to Cut You Off, Penny references the ABC’s coverage of the 2019 federal election and the constant interruption of ALP Senator Penny Wong throughout the night.

“I wanted to give the group space to talk about the kind of changes we hoped to see and make in the world,” says Williams. “When the federal election was called for May, it seemed natural to create our own election night dinner party, as the rehearsals were already feeling like one!”

Sorry to Cut You Off, Penny

When: September 4–7, 2019 at 7:00pm

Venue: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists – 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville

Tickets: $25 for full/ $20 for concession.

Bookings: Via the Tantrum website –