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Scenes With Girls

Written by
Miriam Battye

Directed by
Imara Savage

Scenes With Girls

About the show

Australian Premiere

“You are becoming a parody, hun… the human equivalent of a fucking Little Mix song.”

Tosh and Lou have each other. Other friends have come, got boyfriends, and gone. So what? Tosh and Lou are not interested in becoming clichés. They’ll never be like other girls. They won’t sit in a narrative someone else thought up.

This is love. This is enough.

With gob-smacking vitality and originality, this laser-sharp unfolding of millennial sexual politics premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2020.

Miriam Battye is a writer from Manchester, UK. She was the first writer-in-residence at Sister Pictures, the recipient of the 2020 Harold Pinter Commission, and was Story Editor on Season 4 of the HBO’s TV series Succession.

Imara Savage is a theatre and opera director who has directed award-winning productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera and the Holland Festival. She is a graduate of NIDA Master of Fine Arts (Directing).

Content Warning:
Scenes with Girls contains strong sexual themes. Scenes also contains coarse language, and the use of haze and strobe lighting.

Imara Savage is a director and dramaturg with a cross-disciplinary practice, working across opera, ballet, film, installation, theatre and performance art, in both the Australian and international festival market, and within state theatre companies.

She is currently undertaking a creative residency with Sydney Chamber Opera, focusing on the creation of new work alongside designer Elizabeth Gadsby, lighting designer/director Alexander Berlage, and filmmaker Mike Daly.

In 2022, the team lead the world premiere of Mary Finsterer and Tom Wright’s Antarctica, presented by SCO and leading Dutch new music ensemble Asko|Schönberg in the Holland Festival (June, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam), followed by a second season at the 2023 Sydney Festival.

In 2022, the same creative team presented an Australian-first staging of Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, interwoven with the Australian premiere of Sydney-born composer Luke Styles’ response to them, Awakening Shadow, in a co-presentation with Carriageworks.

This award-winning creative team had previously collaborated in 2019 for the SCO/Sydney Festival production of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, described by Time Out as “bold, uncompromising and musically spectacular… extraordinarily rich and rewarding.”

In 2023, Imara Savage will also work with SCO on development of new works by two leading Australian composers.

Other work for Sydney Chamber Opera includes the premiere production of Elliott Gyger’s Fly Away Peter (adapted from the novel by David Malouf) which was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Opera and toured to Melbourne Festival, Philip Glass’ In The Penal Colony, and Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave.

Imara’s collaboration with The Australian Ballet and choreographer Lucas Jervies continues in 2023, after previously having worked as dramaturg on Spartacus for The Australian Ballet (and Finnish National Ballet in 2021)

Imara will also direct for Sydney Theatre Company in 2023, in a new adaptation of The Seagull by Andrew Upton starring Sigrid Thornton.

Imara was the resident director at Sydney Theatre Company between 2016-2018 and the Richard Wherret Fellow in 2014. She was the first Australian woman to have a premiere production of a new work in the Roslyn Packer Theatre, with her acclaimed adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. This production featured Sarah Snook in the title role and received multiple Helpmann nominations.

Other productions for the company include; Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, Andrew Bovell’s After Dinner, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Moira Buffini’s Dinner, Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, and Noel Coward’s Hayfever.

Imara’s work with Belvoir Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia/ Adelaide Festival includes the Helpmann Award winning production of Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns and Clare Barron’s Dance Nation.

Earlier in 2022, Imara undertook a director attachment for Season 3 of the television series Bump with Roadshow Rough Diamond and the ABC.

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In order of appearance

Ena Zamiric

Holly Matthews

Kaitlyn Elliott

Lucy Xingwang Dunning
Tiahna McBride


Imara Savage*

Set/Props Designer
Rebecca Howarth

Costume Designer
Rebecca Howarth

Lighting Designer
Ethan Coombes

Sound Designer
Claire Edmonds-Wilson

Voice Coach
Laura Farrell*

Assistant Directors
Jo Bradley  
Rebecca McNamee

Production Stage Manager
Izzy Morrissey

Deputy Stage Manager
Yasmin Breeze

Assistant Stage Manager
Thomas Hamilton
Harry Smyth

Head Electrician
Jemima Owen

Construction Manager
Eryn Douglass

Costume Supervisor
Nina Price

Properties Supervisor
Connor Palmer

Set/Props Assistant Designer
Adelie Gahan-Hannibal

Costume Assistant Designer
Amelie Brown

Costume Assistant
Sophy Simson

Properties Assistant
Liam Bate

Microphone Technician
Amelie McCarthy

Technical Assistants
Emma Clulow
Guinevere Fisher
Finlay Hogan
Thomas Howieson
Matt Phillips
Tung Son Tran Tat Thang

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