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Gain insight into the creative process of Yve Blake, the incredible playwright and composer behind FANGIRLS.

Filmed at The Channel on Tuesday 13 July, 2021.
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes



Yve Blake is the powerhouse behind the book, music and lyrics of FANGIRLS, a musical about the underestimated power of teenage girls. Taking to the stage at Arts Centre Melbourne’s intimate performance space The Channel, Yve sat down with host Sonya Suares to discuss how she developed FANGIRLS from concept to smash-hit.


The cast and crew of FANGIRLS, gathered on a theatre stage, pumping their fists and smiling in triumph. Behind them are screens on which you can see FANGIRLS spelled out.


FANGIRLS premiered in 2019 at Queensland Theatre and Belvoir to multiple five star reviews and sell-out crowds, before winning the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Mainstage Musical, the Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret, and the 2020 AWGIE award for Music Theatre. In addition to a national tour in 2021, FANGIRLS is also in development for the screen.

Yve Blake is fascinated by the way that society can see a mob of screaming fans as “embarrassing”, if they’re female, and at a pop concert, but “passionate”, if they’re male, and at a footy match. She set out to write the show she wished her 14-year-old self could have seen: a comedy all about the ways that the world tries to convince young women that they’re not as worthy as their brothers.


About Sonya Suares

A headshot of Sonya Suares - a young woman of colour with long dark hair who is smiling. She is wearing a pattered shirt and pearl earings.


Sonya Suares is a performer, dramaturg, director, producer and arts activist. An alumni of both the University of Melbourne and WAAPA, Sonya's work encompasses a wide range of projects and disciplines, from screen to stage, radical new plays to reimagining 'classics' and creating immersive experiences for children and their adults.


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