Written and developed through the inaugural Jeanne Pratt Artists in Residence program, Australia’s largest musical theatre development grant


Music Lucy O’Brien

Book and Lyrics Andrew Strano

Director Nate Gilkes

Musical Director Dominic Woodhead

Dramaturg Matthew Lockitt

Arranger Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer

Costume Designer Lucy Wilkins

Lighting & Set Designer Rob Sowinski

Sound Design Marcello Lo Ricco

Stage Manager Jacinta Anderson & Stephen Moylan

Cast Paris Balla, Laura Burzacott, Jane Clifton, Yashith Fernando, Kayla Hamill, Reilly Holt, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, Jorja Polglase, Karlis Zaid, Brenna Dixon, Gabriella Heathcote, Talia Zipper, Kimberley Albert-Bailey, Mia Fine, Katrina Koo


Based on the surprisingly relevant, classic comedy by Carlo Goldoni, Jack of Two Trades is a brand new, fast paced, laugh-out-loud Australian musical comedy full of soaring melodies, mistaken identities, disguises, trickery, declarations of love, and everyone’s favourite F-words:

Fighting, farting, fornicating, foolishness, a whole lot of food... and even some feelings. Awww!

This workshop production was the result of the new Pratt Foundation Artists in Residence Program taking place Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance in conjunction with the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.


“…the first, early fruit of the Jeanne Pratt initiative. It demonstrated the enormous potential to be harnessed when professional musical theatre teams have the opportunity to develop new works … it demonstrated all the strengths of something made in a white heat. One can only marvel” - Professor Paul Grabowsky AO

“The score is a rarity in Australian Musical Theatre - it manages to be mature, of world standard - reflecting contemporary musical theatre practice internationally - while capturing a uniquely Australian, larrikin quality … it skillfully uses subversion - juxtaposing O'Brien's vibrant melodies - with Strano's naughty wit - to surprise the ears, brain, and heart with provocative ideas that the writers deliver with the innocence and charm of Playschool. The wonderful quality of their writing is particularly apparent in the second act - where Strano and O'Brien pull off musical theatre magic in the song "Shy” … simultaneously shocking and romancing us with O'Brien's gorgeous melody riding the nuances and rhythm's of Strano's brazen lyric. “Genius! You won't find a better example of musical theatre comedy in any show, on any stage, anywhere in the world.” - Anthony Crowley


Photo Credit: Sarah Walker