Something in the Water

Something in the Water
Scantily Glad Theatre
S.E. Grummett
60 minutes

"Enter into a wacky world of sea monsters in high heels and angry mobs with tiny pitchforks." - In Daily, 2021

When Grumms transforms into a horrible squid monster (think 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' meets 'The Muppets'), they must hide their identity in order to pass in society as a "normal human woman". A touching story of acceptance that anyone can relate to; with spellbinding video projection, puppetry and laugh-out-loud physical comedy, SOMETHING IN THE WATER is an absurd exploration of gender, comic books and growing up "normal".

WINNER - Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2021

Please note: the October 22nd performance will be a Family Friendly performance

This show does have a late call.

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Deanna Fleysher
Puppet Designer
Mind of a Snail
Stage Manager
Sam Kruger

More about the show experience


Sunday, October 22
Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret

Deconstruct gender, construct a puppet! Connecting to Something in the Water’s exploration of gender through a “horrible squid monster” we invite audience members to join us before the show to construct their own gender critter puppet. Have fun exploring what gender looks and feels like for you through socks, fabric, trinkets, buttons, and your own imagination. Make your own absurd creation of what gender is for you beyond a physical body and assumed gendered traits.

A limited number of socks are available. Please feel free to BYOS (Bring Your Own Sock). Craft supplies provided. FREE! No registration required.

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More about the show and company

We are a queer & trans theatre company originally from Treaty 6 Territory, with a focus on telling 2-Spirit, trans and queer stories.

Land acknowledgement

Scantily Glad Theatre was originally founded on Treaty 6 Territory – the traditional lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and homeland of the Métis nation. We are grateful to continue to create, tour and live across Turtle Island.

"Something in the Water" was created on the lands of the Lummi people, as well as the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. The show premiered on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Content advice

Not recommended for persons under 18 years of ageSexual contentAbrupt cuesAudience participationStrobe lightsNudityMature language

Audience participation details

The show contains moments of audience participation and interaction. Audience is directly addressed by the performer and asked to yell or say things throughout the show. Audience members are not singled out or pulled up on stage.

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