Festival Program


Staged: Quippings

Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm
ACMI Studio 1

See outside the confines of the expected with Quippings, a troupe of performing artists and non-normative body activists who identify as deaf and/or disabled, as they explore queered notions of sexuality, love, relationships, and gender.

Recommended for mature audiences.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Head along to a free Q&A with Quippings after this session. Immerse yourself in a collection of vibrant one-off theatre performances with the Staged theatre series.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Denise Sithembiso Atzinger is a student, poet and queer activist currently breathing life into their first novel. Their work centres on making the ‘other’ everyday, bringing voices often regulated to the margins into mainstream conversations.

Creatrix Tiara works with creative arts & media, technology, games, community cultural development, and education to explore ideas around community, identity, liminality, belonging, and social justice.

Rachel Edmonds is a non-binary, disabled theatremaker, performer and producer best known for their theatre show Have Tou Tried Yoga?. Edmonds’ credits include: Interrupt by Harpling Productions, assistant directing Asylum, and recent seasons of Have You Tried Yoga?. They are currently in the Compass Navigate program with Melbourne Fringe.

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance. Findlay writes a blog and has written for Daily Life, Mamamia, The Guardian, ABC’s Ramp Up, The Mighty and BlogHer.

Kochava Lilit is a queer and disability rights activist and proud autistic ADHD Jewish crip. Xe is the head of the trans advocacy organisation Ygender. Lilit has presented at the Melbourne Writers Festival, performed with the queer disabled collective Quippings, and spoken at the United Nations Ethics of Reciprocity conference.

Sonia Marcon has been an actor, writer, singer, producer and director for nearly 20 years. She has performed in Quippings: Disabiity Unleashed, delivering performances exploring disabled life. Marcon is one of the 2017 recipients of the Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowship.

Quippings is a unique inclusive disability and queer-led spoken word and performance troupe. They embrace emerging and established artists who identify as being deaf and/or disabled and queer; or deaf and/or disabled and allies to the queer community. Quippings' work centres on the lived experiences of deaf and disabled embodiment. All works are written and performed by the artists themselves.

Miranda Sparks is a wearer of many hats. She is a writer, public speaker, superhero fetishist, and can be heard on Wednesday nights on Joy FM's trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming radio show The Gender Agenda. In what little spare time she has left, she expands the prose universe of her personal superhero Glimmer Girl.

Pauline Vetuna is a Tolai, an artist and emerging writer (of essays, articles, prose, scripts, poetry) living on Kulin Nation lands. She creates poetry and tells stories to transmute pain, confusion and the experiences of marginalisation into things of beauty and liberation; to document healing lessons that she learns through living and contemplation, and speak new realities into existence.

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