Domesticity can be brutal. Freedom is sweet. They should have let her dance … 

Amid the shadows of World War II, Von struggles to navigate life in Sydney’s rat-riddled outer suburbs. The brutality of war echoes at home as her husband, a returned soldier, gambles, evades police and drowns his sorrows in drink. Resilient yet downtrodden, Von yearns for autonomy, love and prosperity. Dancing is her only solace. Desperate, Von unearths a serendipitous and fatal solution. Set against post-war turmoil, Jitterbug – a true story – plunges into resilience, sacrifice, and the decisions made in the face of adversity.

“Jitterbug by Brooke Fairley really won me with its subtle exposition. [The lead protagonist’s] jitterbugging, contrasts beautifully to the fairly dire and difficult circumstances in which her character finds herself.”


Content Warnings: Violence, Domestic Abuse, Violence against children

Performed by Enya Daly

Music and Composition by Emily Williams

Dramaturgy by Enya Daly

Written and Produced by Brooke Fairley

Image by Brooke Fairley

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.