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Nails Must Be Kept Short: The Warm Up

The Factory Theatre
The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

Wednesday 1 March 2023 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Thursday 2 March 2023 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Friday 3 March 2023 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm


General Admission: $25

It’s not what’s on the bib that matters, it’s who’s underneath it.

Nails Must Be Kept Short: The Warmup is the premiere showcase of music from a brand-new Australian musical by Sophie Davis and Laura McDonald, with music by Harry Collins.

This cutting-edge comedy satirises the homophobic ideologies often present in religious institutions through the guise of a netball cult.

Worlds collide when The Untouchaballs, a queer social team, get promoted to the big time - an elite league in Sydney's North Shore. The league's golden girl, Bec, finds herself at a crossroads when the new players shake up the strict culture of the netball scene. As things heat up, both on and off the court, Bec must confront some uncomfortable truths. Can she take the heat? Will she be able to respect the 'no contact' rule when a new player in the opposition catches her eye?

Meanwhile, the queer players are on a ride of their own, thrust into a world that doesn’t accept them. The pressure is on as the desire to belong turns a great sporting opportunity into a nightmare.

With a banging repertoire of contemporary rock-pop numbers, Nails Must Be Kept Short uses music and humour to dismantle the dangerous effects of oppressive ideologies. It's a chaotic, outrageous and unforgettable celebration of being exactly who you are.

Don't miss your shot.

Proudly supported by Inner West Council. Developed through Fruit Box Theatre’s RIPE Development Program and presented during Sydney WorldPride.


  • Writers + Directors Soph Davis and Laura McDonald

  • Composer Harry Collins

  • Music Director Zara Stanton

  • Producer Sarah Carroll

  • Executive Producers Madeleine Gandhi and Sean Landis

  • Designer Isobel Sanby

  • Dramaturg Rowan Brunt

  • AV Matthew Miceli Photography

  • Maddison Katelin Koprivec

  • Bec Cypriana Singh

  • Crofty Addy Robertson

  • Allegra Madeleine Wighton

  • Jay Marissa Saroca

  • Magda/Swing Sinead Cristaudo

  • Zoe CJ

  • Delilah Kayla-Rose De Sousa

  • Conrad Jack Francis West

  • Swing Laurie-Ann Wooley

Special Thanks Em Small, Emily Henderson, Millsya Theda and Centennial Parklands

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