In a world saturated with pop culture, selfies, narcissism, and the hunger for everyone's 15 minutes, how can one god(dess) preach to the choir of modern civilisation in an effort to reclaim power over the mortals? Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a chance for modern day mortals to meet their maker... Well, one of them anyway.
This truly uniquely absurd story centres on the tribulations of the now redundant gods looking down from the heavens over this modern world. With boredom at an all-time high and, in an effort to restore their meaning, one god has been sent down to address the mortals in a bid to reclaim power over their fates.
Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a cabaret for anyone who cannot live without their smartphone, wi-fi or their daily worship and pilgrimage to their favourite barista.
Tragedy! (a new comedy) is one hour of absurdist fun written and performed by Elizabeth Scales. Using, original Greek texts, pop culture references (including some relyricised favs), multimedia interaction and the somewhat unexpected appearance of Dolly of Partonia, Tragedy! (a new comedy) is sure to make you have a good old laugh at your first world problems.
"Elizabeth Scales, the work's writer, director and producer, has come up with a really interesting concept. She's a captivating performer with a kick-arse singing voice." - Susan Hetherington (612 ABC - Brisbane)
"Elizabeth Scales (through her company Not Buttered Toast) has clearly put a lot of thought, planning, and energy into “Tragedy! (A New Comedy)”, making it a distinctive experience." - Andrew Vauser (Adelaide Theatre Guide)
"Scales is resplendent in Grecian jewelery and bedsheet toga! Her moves are hilarious, coupled with comedic/tragic facial expressions. Her reciting of the Greek Tragedy canon is impressive, as is her re-telling of Lysistrata in a modern setting." - Laura Money (FRINGEWORLD 2019)
"The premise of the show is strong – Scales’ knowledge of the classics shines through and she raises an interesting point – if the Gods are immortal, what are they doing now?" - Laura Money (FRINGEWORLD 2019)