My Darling Patricia

Founded in Sydney by four women in 2004, My Darling Patricia (MDP) creates original, interdisciplinary Australian theatre through a collaborative process led by Artistic Directors Halcyon Macleod and Clare Britton. The company creates work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary Australian theatre and invites audiences to step inside their inventive highly visual storytelling style.

My Darling Patricia utilises puppetry, installation and performance to create arresting and redolent images, weaving intricate emotional narratives in a performance environment that enfolds their audience in an intimate experience.

The Piper - Winner of Sydney Theatre Awards 2015 Best Production for Children
World Premiere Sydney Festival 2014 and
International Debut Edinburgh Fringe 2015 presented by Underbelly UK and Marguerite Pepper Productions

My Darling Patricia’s immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique theatrical journey for children and adults. Inspired by former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’s stories for children, the Piper is a bear – a dancer with a rebel soul – and the Mayor is a political leader with an identity crisis. Yet, there is an even more unusual twist: one part of the audience is invited onto the stage and into the story. Fitted with wireless headphones, theirs is an intimate and participatory experience viewed by the seated audience. Brought to life by a combination of multimedia, puppetry and innovative stagecraft,  My Darling Patricia focus its inspired storytelling on a younger audience

The intelligence of The Piper is that it offers as much to its adult audience as to the children. When the Bear steals the children away, a silhouetted row of adults are left standing on stage. This simple image is heartbreaking, writer and director Halcyon Macleod saying so much to her adult audience in a brief moment.
The Guardian (Four Stars ****)

When the bear leads the children into the magic mountain and backstage for a quick costume change, all seem quite happy to follow. Their reappearance catches your breath. It's a lovely and surprisingly emotional moment in what is a formally inventive and stimulating piece of theatre.
Sydney Morning Herald

The Piper is some of the loveliest children’s theatre I have ever seen. It’s clever and charming and never condescending. Even though I’m not exactly the target audience, I was captivated by it. An absolute Sydney Festival highlight.
Australia Stage Online


The Piper was presented by the Sydney Festival, supported by the Australia Council and Arts NSW in partnership with Carriageworks


Posts in the Paddock

My Darling Patricia is a company that uses an astonishing range of performance styles and techniques to explore the way we look back, from the 21st century, on what we have lost, forgotten and need to recover. But even for the company this story is extraordinary.
John McCallum, The Australian

Combining installation, animation, puppetry, performance and oral histories, Posts in the Paddock is a powerful theatrical experience and a unique and genuine work of reconciliation between black and white Australia. Posts in the Paddock was produced with Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Posts in the Paddock is a profoundly moving experience... a gentle piece of captivating theatrical genius. A suitable development of My Darling Patricia's committment. A distinctly unique company with the vision and the patience of real artists. This will be a pinnacle moment of  accomplishment in the company's history. Posts in the Paddock a wonder!
Kevin Jackson, Theatre Diary


With thanks to Performance Space, Australia Council Theatre Board, Arts NSW, Moogahlin Performing Arts, Urban Theatre Projects, Sidney Myer Fund, DFAT, Marrickville Council and Bundanon Trust.


One of the achievement of Africa is its emotional honesty: how it at once expresses human resilience - the ability to generate beauty from the "rag and bone shop of the heart" - and the incorrigibility of damage and loss. Realised with an admirable skill, it's funny, beautiful and heartbreaking. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket tothis one. The Australian

Where some see abandon and chaos, others see the child’s ability to transform their surroundings into places of wonder and delight. Inspired by the true story of three German children who set off to elope under the African sun, broken toys, puppets, and sun-faded furniture are the props that feed the theatre of the imagination in My Darling Patricia's Africa.


Exploring the resilient powers of imagination, fantasy and escape in the lives of children, Africa is work for adults told from a child’s perspective, and is a rich continuation of the company’s juxtaposition of the domestic with the fantastic in suburban Australian contexts.


It is a dream that has been shared by lovers across the centuries - the chance to elope to exotic lands. But few would have been as bold and spontaneous as six-year-old Mika and his five-year-old sweetheart Anna-Bell who, after mulling over their options in secret, packed their suitcases on New Year's Eve and set off from the German city of Hanover to tie the knot under the heat of the African sun.
The Guardian

Africa is a Malthouse Theatre Commission .

Previous Work

Night Garden was presented by Performance Space and Arts House in March 2009. Night Garden continued the troupe's exploration of the contemporary Australian Gothic through a unique blend of performance, puppetry, video and installation. This dark and enchanting tale traces the fractured relationship of a woman and her son in a distinctively suburban, Australian landscape. Performed and viewed through the skeletal remains of a burned-out house, Night Garden immerses the audience in a haunting and visually spectacular, dream-like landscape.

a mesmerising drama of suburban life
Martin Ball, The Age, 2009

An earlier work, Politely Savage, was a disquieting story of feminine decay and regret and was initially presented at PACT Theatre in 2005. Since then, it has been performed at The Performance Space and the Victorian Arts Centre, presented by the FULL TILT programme for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2006. In March 2007, the production was presented at the Adelaide Fringe by Vital Statistix.

Awards for Politely Savage include:
Best Independent Production - 2006 Sydney Theatre Critics Award
Outstanding Production - 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards
Best Design - 2006 Melbourne Fringe Awards
Best Theatre Show - 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival
Nominated Outstanding Production, Theatre Panel - 2006 New Form Green Room Awards

Politely Savage was the company's third work, following on from the success of Dear Pat (performed in a converted shipping container at Bondi Beach and Sydney Olympic Park 2004) and Kissing the Mirror (a haunting installation and performance created in one of Sydney's historic Town Halls 2003).


Producer marguerite (at)

Technical Requirements

Contact marguerite (at) for full technical riders.

Africa image by Jeff Busby
Posts in the Paddock image by Heidrun Lohr