Dr. Bridget Boyle is a co-founder of debase productions. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001.
With debase productions she has been involved in the creation of many new works, including The Furze Family Variety Hour, which she wrote and directed and which was staged as part of the Brisbane Festival in 2014. Other works include Hurry up and Wait (with Liz Skitch), originally commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Japan in a co-production with Kazenoko Theatre Company in 2012 and Lily Can’t Sleep (with Liz Skitch and David Megarrity), also commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Queensland after a premier season in QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival. With David Megarrity, she performs in Warmwaters, a musical comedy duo that premiered at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival in 2015.
For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For someone productions at La Boite, she performed in He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has taught into the Acting and Drama programs at Queensland University of Technology over many years, specializing in acting and performance making. Her doctoral thesis, which focused on gender and physical comedy, received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from QUT in 2015.
Directing credits include, for Queensland Theatre: The Holidays (QPDA Finalists reading), The Longest Minute (co-pro with JUTE and debase), Rice (QPDA Finalists reading), The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait. For Flipside Circus and Metro Arts: We Live Here (co-directed with Natano Fa’anana) The Owl and the Pussycat (Little Match Productions), Dead Man’s Cellphone, Little Revolution, Bassett, Twelve Angry Women and Top Girls for Queensland University of Technology, Popping Lead Balloons, The Clown from Snowy River, The Look, Lovejunk and Titanic – the Clown Show for debase productions. Other credits include Of Our Own Volition (Spangled Drongo/ Metro Arts, Snagged (Vena Cava Theatre Company) and Glitter and Dust (pretend productions/ Metro Arts).