“Move over Flight of the Conchords, the Aussies are taking the title back” The Scotsman. UK
The Suitcase Royale is an award winning comedy-music-theatre ensemble from Melbourne, Australia that have been creating and performing work globally since 2004. The company is composed of writer/performers Glen Walton, Joseph O’Farrell (JOF), Miles O’Neil and writer/director Tom Salisbury.
Meeting at Deakin University in 2004, the trio of JOF, Miles and Glen created their first show Felix Listens to the World. After being awarded the highest prize at Melbourne Fringe, they packed their set and toured the work across North America for three months. After getting lost in the Arizona Desert, searched at gunpoint in Mexico and eating more bagels than are good for you, they came home to Melbourne. Since then they have produced a body of work that has garnered both national and international recognition. They have created a boot load of major works that includes: Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon (2006), The Ballad of Backbone Joe (2008), The Ghosts of Ricketts Hill (2008) and The Space Show (2010). In 2010 Tom Salisbury joined the group officially and as a four piece they created Zombatland. Zombatland is a high energy, hip shaking, post apocalyptic comedy set in a rundown caravan park that has been overrun by blood thirsty Zombats (zombie wombats).
They have extensively toured the international and national comedy and theatre scene and in 2010 recorded and released a self-titled album. They are the recipients of The Best Performance Award Melbourne Fringe Festival (2004); The Golden Gibbo Award Melbourne Comedy Festival (2008), they have been nominated for 5 Green Room Awards (winning two) and were nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have sold out seasons at the Soho Theatre in London where they were named both The Guardian’s Pick of The Week and Time Out Critics Choice. The Suitcase Royale are currently working with Melbourne based production company Princess Pictures, turning Zombatland into a television series.
“Visionary, emancipated and transformational…A work of theatre achingly undiluted joins the soul of madcap anarchy found in the best of the Marx brothers to the self-sufficient purity found in travelling tent shows.” Pittsburgh City Paper