Too Rude

Too Rude is a collaboration born from artists Emma McManus and Maria White’s participation in the infamous Earlwood Farm Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour and named after the Daily Telegraph’s response to this event. They make hilarious, researched and political performances about themes such as living in cities, cultural policy, and ecologies.

Their first work Never Trust A Creative City premiered in 2018 at Arts House for the Festival of Live Art (FoLA) and toured to Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, supported by Arts ACT and Arts House’s Culture Lab. In 2019 this toured to Griffin Theatre’s Batch Festival and the Performance Studies International Conference in Calgary, Canada. Their new work Nature Is Healing was supported through Vitalstatistix hothouse for development Adhocracy resulting in a mini digital outcome here:

Maria White (NSW)


Maria White is a Sydney-based artist living on Bidjigal land. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of New South Wales, where she is a sessional academic. Maria also teaches Common Subjects in the BFA at the National Institute for Dramatic Art. Maria is half of Too Rude theatre company with performance maker Emma McManus. Their work Never Trust a Creative City has been performed at Arts House in Melbourne, Griffin in Sydney, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra and Performance Studies International in Calgary, Canada. Maria is a founding member of interdisciplinary collaboration Mumford, Wallin and White (formerly Friends with Deficits) and has created and performed new work with vocalist Annette Tesoriero. For PACT centre for emerging artists, Maria co-curated the site-responsive performance festival Tiny Stadiums (2012-2014.) She is currently collaborating with interdisciplinary artist Malcolm Whittaker and Ryde Youth Theatre senior ensemble.

Emma McManus (ACT/VIC)


Emma McManus is a theatre-maker and interdisciplinary artist. A founding member of performance collective Applespiel, she has performed at Next Wave, Sydney Festival, Performance Space, Malthouse Theatre, Arts House and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. She was an intern with queer feminist theatre collective The Rabble and most recently presented Never Trust A Creative City with Maria White. Her new work ‘The Waves‘ is a collaboration with her brother David and explores gravitational-wave science, queer theory and the biography of Virginia Woolf.

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