• 28 Sep – 3 Nov 24 Upstairs Theatre


Music and Lyrics by Carmel Dean

Additional lyrics by Miriam Laube
Orchestrations by Lynne Shankel
Directed by Blazey Best

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 28 Sep – 3 Nov 24
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  • Co-Produced with
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  • Presented by arrangement with
    • Concord Theatricals

A musical feast celebrating the women who refused to behave.

“Well-behaved women seldom make history” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

How would Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo, Billie Jean King, Cathy Freeman and Malala Yousafzai sound if we heard them sing their thoughts?

Well-Behaved Women, a song cycle by Carmel Dean is a musical feast by where these legends (and a few we’re keeping up our sleeves) are brought to life and reimagined through powerful and often hilarious songs, that celebrate the ways in which their behaviour helped them make history. 

Well-behaved? As if.

You’ll all know Zahra, and her ability to sell a song, after Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Those of you who saw Into the Woods will remember Stefanie as Rapunzel. And in a year of returning Belvoir treasures, Ursula is back for her first show since the now-legendary Barbara and the Camp Dogs. Add the voice of Elenoa, the wit of Australian composer Carmel Dean’s songs, and this one is simply guaranteed entertainment. – Eamon

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 1 Nov at 7:30pm

  • wednesday 6:30pm
  • thursday 1pm & 7:30pm
  • friday 7:30pm
  • saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • sunday 5pm

    Except 29 Sep at 6:30pm & 3 Nov at 2pm

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  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

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* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.


  • Carmel Dean
    Music and Lyrics
  • Miriam Laube
    Additional Lyrics
  • Lynne Shankel
  • Blazey Best
  • Cast

  • Stefanie Caccamo
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    Stefanie graduated in 2016 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. This is her Belvoir Debut. Theatre credits include Oklahoma!, Once the Musical (Black Swan State Theatre Company); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Michael Cassel Group); Once the Musical (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Hair the Musical 50th Anniversary […]

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  • Zahra Newman
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    A graduate of VCA, Zahra has built an extensive list of theatre, television and film credits. In 2016 she was awarded an AACTA for Best New Talent and received a 2017 Sydney Theatre Award for her performance as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon. Other industry recognitions include a Green Room Award, CGA Award and […]

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  • Elenoa Rokobaro
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    At the age of 16 Elenoa was plucked from the Australian International Performing Arts High School (AIPAH) to star in Respect: The Musical in 2007. Elenoa’s credits includeJoanne in Rent (Sydney Opera House); Susan in Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Storeyboard Entertainment); Fay Apple in Anyone Can Whistle and Well Behaved Women (Hayes Theatre); The Wife in The […]

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  • Ursula Yovich
  • Creatives

  • Carmel Dean
    Musical Supervisor
  • David Gardos
    Musical Director
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    This is David’s debut with Belvoir. Credits include Broadway: Chaplin; Big Fish; Side Show; Finding Neverland; Falsettos; Hamilton. NY/Regional USA: Kiss My Aztec! (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage); Darling Grenadine (Roundabout Underground NY, Goodspeed Theatre); My Paris (Long Wharf Theatre, Goodspeed Theatre); Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Ever After (Papermill Playhouse); In The Heights (1st National Tour).

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  • Kelsey Lee
    Lighting Designer
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    Kelsey is a lighting, set and costume designer for theatre and film. Lighting design credits include Blue (Belvoir), as associate lighting designer, A Room of One’s Own (Belvoir); Extinction of The Learned Response, Skyduck, Kasama Kita (Belvoir 25A); Sex Magick and Whitefella Yella Tree as co-designer(Griffin Theatre Company); Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare); Unqualified 2: Still Unqualified, A Letter for Molly, Killing Katie and Outdated (Ensemble Theatre); Queen Fatima (NTofP with Sydney Festival); April Aardvark (ATYP); Good Dog, If We […]

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    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Stage 5
    • Appreciating
      (Outcomes 5.3.1, 5.3.2)
    Stage 6
    • Elements of Production in Performance
      (Outcomes P2.6, P3.1, P3.2)
    • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles
      (Outcomes P2.6, P3.1, P3.2)
    • Studies in Drama and Theatre: The Voices of Women in Theatre
    Stage 5
    • Listening (Outcomes 4.7, 4.8)
    Stage 6
    • Topic: Theatre Music (musicals)
    • Musicology
    Stage 5 (Elective)
    • Topic 3, Thematic Studies

    Schools Performances

    All schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
    • Wed, 23 Oct 2024 11:30am

    Tickets are only $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every ten students booked.

    Evening and Matinee Performances

    School groups can book any general public performance. Book our Thursday 1PM matinees for the schools performance price of $25 per ticket, or an evening performance from $45 per student.

    What to expect

    Belvoir creates for a wide audience and our productions may contain mature content. Accurate information about productions including running times and content is available once rehearsals have begun.

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    Head of Education Jane May
    Education Coordinator Claudia Ware
    +61 (2) 8396 6241

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