Tracy Crisp

I’m a writer, performer and funeral celebrant living by the beach in Adelaide. 

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Coming to the Adelaide Fringe in February 2022

You Can't Hide in the Desert

I am super excited to be collaborating with Hartstone-Kitney Productions in their amazing digital destination for live performance Black Box Live. Together, we have created a theatre-at-home experience for you to enjoy wherever you are in the world.

A trilogy of stunning theatre brought into your home by the magic of Black Box Live. Through tears and laughter, blending poignancy and comedy, my stories explore family memory and secrets. Pearls, The Forgettory and I Made an Adult. Three beautiful stories together for the first time. Binge them all or savour them one-by-one.

Each of these shows has been performed live in previous fringe festivals to sold-out audiences. Here’s a  taste of what reviewers had to say:

“…keeps the audience spellbound for the entire 50-minute performance … this is live storytelling at its best … ” Rachael Mead, Indaily (Pearls)

Tracy Crisp’s stories of memory and family are so vivid and affecting in The Forgettory they stay with you long after the theatre lights fade.” Louise Nunn, The Advertiser

Warm, loving and beautifully drawn…her command of words is genius.” Jude Hines, Stage Whispers (I Made an Adult)

Available from 18 February 2022, tickets on sale now through The Adelaide Fringe.

Read more about You Can’t Hide in the Desert, including program notes, here

Image credit: Frank Lynch/Black Box Theatres



Good mothers don’t give up their babies … do they?

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O’Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled.

Surrogate is a powerful story, beautifully told

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