Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

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Britain’s most acerbic performance artist is back on her dirty soapbox.

Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

Arts Centre Melbourne presents presents

Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

Ursula Martinez is many things: an Olivier Award winner, a cult cabaret diva, a star of stages across the world…but above-all-else she is a first-rate provocateur.

Selling out the Malthouse’s season of My Stories, Your Emails, Britain’s most acerbic performance artist is back on her dirty soapbox for Midsumma, baring her soul (and possibly more).

Free Admission sees her building a real brick wall between herself and the audience, while revealing her hopes, fears, frustrations, delights and disappointments. Urusla celebrates the contradictions and inconsistencies that make us human — all with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek.

An original cast member of circus-cabaret phenomena La Soirée, Ursula is most famous for subverting the striptease in her outrageous magic striptease act 'Hanky Panky', where she pulls a handkerchief out of just about everywhere.

"It’s a full-frontal statement and demonstration of honesty, vulnerability and power." – ★★★★ Time Out

"...funny, tongue-in-cheek, heartfelt and emotional." – ★★★★ The Guardian

Co-commissioned by SouthBankCentre and Fierce Festival.



Directed by Mark Whitelaw
Photo by Alicja Dobrucka


31 January – 5 February

Tuesday 31 January 6:30pm (Preview)
Wednesday 1 February 6:30pm
Thursday 2 February 9:15pm
Friday 3 February 9:15pm
Saturday 4 February 3pm* & 6:30pm 
Sunday 5 February 5pm

*Auslan Interpreted Performance
Saturday 4 Feb, 3pm

Duration: 1h, no interval


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Price range

Adult: $45
Restricted view: $35

Receive 15% off when you purchase tickets to two Midsumma shows at Arts Centre Melbourne

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auslanAuslan Interpreted Performance
4 Feb, 3pm
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live.