Brisbane Festival and QUT present

Bitch on Heat


17 - 21 Sept | Theatre Republic - The Loft


By Leah Shelton (AUS), Directed by Ursula Martinez (UK)

"★★★★★ - Smart and hilarious, Bitch On Heat doesn’t waste a single moment." THE AGE
"Performance art at its best. Every moment is executed with the intention of provoking emotion in the audience – from bemusement to anger to a righteous rage that stays with you." OUT IN PERTH

Love latex and hate the patriarchy? Pour a drink, ditch the leash, and come revel in this twisted rehashing of the vintage sexism that drives how we live and love and fight and fuck.

Absurdist lip-synch meets high-camp performance art in this pop-fuelled critique of sexual politics in the age of implied consent. Nothing is sacred as psycho-siren Leah Shelton, directed by UK provocateur Ursula Martinez, trawls through a Pandora’s box of ancient myths, porn, pop-culture, instructional records and revenge movie heroines.

Welcome to the doghouse. Beware. This Bitch bites.


This performance contains coarse language, sexual references, nudity, adult themes and violence. Haze, smoke and strobe effects are used. Suitable for audiences 18+ years.

Cast & creatives

Creator Leah Shelton

Performer Leah Shelton

Director Ursula Martinez (UK)

Conceptual Collaborator Daniel Evans

Sound Design Kenneth Lyons

Lighting Design Jason Glenwright

Dramaturg Saffron Benner

Set Leah Shelton

Costume Design Leah Shelton

Choreographic Collaborator Liesel Zink

Production Manager Christine Felmingham

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Developed through residencies at Brisbane Powerhouse, AU and The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Brighton UK.



This event concluded in 2019.

Post show Q&A Thu 19 Sept

Duration : 50 minutes

Theatre Republic - The Loft

The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries
Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

$20 - $35

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Wheelchair Access
75% Visual Content

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