THE STRUT & FRET STORY

Since its inception in 1997, Strut & Fret has built a reputation as one of Australian leading creative forces producing theatrical experiences, events, venues and full-scale festival experiences across Australia and internationally.

The imaginative schemers behind Strut & Fret, Scott Maidment and Sarah Stewart, met in 2000 while working on a production for Brisbane Festival, The Secret Death of Salvador Dali. They took their first work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001, producing Australia’s premier freakshow, The Happy Sideshow at The Assembly Rooms, one of Scotland’s most prestigious venues.

The following year in partnership with Buxton Walker, they delivered an event for the Adelaide Fringe that would grow over the next 20 years, into The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Australia’s premier festival precinct.   This unique festival playground hosts multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls, and the most unexpected sideshow surprises for audiences of over 800,000 people annually.

Strut & Fret’s creations include among others: Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra, Tom Tom Crew, Cantina, A Company of Strangers, Feasting on Flesh LIMBO, Fear & Delight, LIFE the Show, The Party, The Purple Rabbit and Blanc de Blanc.

In addition to our own creations, we have worked closely with cabaret royalty such as Le Gateau Chocolat, Tim Minchin, Meow Meow and Eddie Perfect.  We have toured circus works including The Candy Butchers, Flipside, Disclocate, The Daredevil Opera Company, and CIRCA.

Prior to the pandemic, Strut & Fret had toured shows internationally to 32 different counters and in November 2023 returneded to Tollwood Festival in Munich for a 2-month long season of LIMBO UNHINGED.

Strut & Fret has toured temporary theatrical venues all over the country include Le Cascaduer, the Umbrella Revolution and many Spiegeltents.  In January this year we launched our permanent venue in Surry Hills, The Grand Electric.

Our ongoing events calendar includes the internationally recognised Garden of Unearthly Delights (Adelaide Fringe Festival); Bread and Circus – World Buskers Festival (Christchurch); Spiegeltent Festivals in Hobart, Newcastle, Auckland, and Darwin; as well as ongoing seasons onboard two P&O ships. 

MEET THE TEAM

Scott Maidment
Creative Director

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Sarah Stewart
Director

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Jess Copas
Senior Producer

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Rowan Smith
Creative Producer

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James Brown
Costumer Designer

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Choreographer

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The Grand Electric Theatre - General Manager

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Marketing

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SHOW HISTORY