Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t

Betty Grumble
4–7 September
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT

“Transformative and WILD. See Grumble” – Peaches

Funny, filthy, deeply felt, unapologetic, full-frontal….She reclaims pleasure and joy as a pathway to catharsis, and parallels the personal with the political.” – Time Out

Transformative and WILD. See Grumble”– Peaches

Hello Bodies… After a decade of playing within her spiritual access point and avatar, Betty Grumble – performance artist Emma Maye Gibson re-emerges, bringing her latest offeringEnemiesOf Grooviness Eat Sh!tback to the stage as a mantric wish.

This show is a self reflective, regenerative dive into the compost bin of making and moving through the trouble; of defying the ever-present cultures of violence and ecocide. Bowing to the powers of Grief and Love Energy, Rage Energy, Hope Energy & Fuck Energy, Gibson invites you to sit with and honour the legacy of makers, mentors, friends, lovers and ‘enemies’ that have formed an ecosystem of aliveness within the perils of eco-grief and structures that certainly no longer serve us.

Across the season Gibson returns Grumble from whence she came, performing an unfurling of the eco-feminist seeping carapace that gave her a way to heal, feel and defy the damn enemies of grooviness that keep, her, them, you, all of us down.

“Grumble does not belong to me, she belongs to the universe. Like the fractal landscape of a flower, like a drag face on the bum of a caterpillar. She has held me, and at this threshold of maturation, I let her become and unbecome me. Thank You Body!”


Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t is poetry, tribute, a rock n roll performance art collision, love scene and revenge fantasy. An unshaming dance and a chance to allow ourselves to be seen. You are invited into a sensual, surreal and sublime experience of an all singing, dancing, howling and loving cabaret du Sex Clown. Let’s have fun.

WARNING Strictly 18+

Energetic Advisory: Strobe, Incense Burning, Loud Music, Full Frontal Nudity, Discussion of Intimate Partner Violence, Discussion of Sexual Violence, Discussion of Ecocide, Sex Scenes, Discussion of Death & Grief, More Full Frontal Nudity, Love Energy, Rage Energy, Hope Energy, Fuck Energy, and even more joyfully wetter full frontal nudity!


Emma Maye Gibson

Betty Grumble

Performer / Stage Manager
Megana Holliday


Dramaturg / Art Doula
Victoria Spence

Dramaturgical Team
Dr Vivienne Linsley, Charlotte Farrell & Dr Annie Sprinkle

Care Consultant
Stella Delight

Sound Design
Betty Grumble & stereogamous

Pussy Print Flag
Ms Saffaa

Costume Design
Matthew Stegh & Haus of Helmutti

Lighting Design & Operator
Alex Torney

Produced by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

4–7 September
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT
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Information for Presenters

This production is available for national and international touring.

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer
Thom Smyth Producer

Presentation History

The Red Rattler Theatre
Marrickville, NSW
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Full Presentation History for Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t

The Red Rattler Theatre
Marrickville, NSW
Vivid Sydney, Eveleigh Works
Sydney, NSW
The Rechabite
Perth, WA
Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin Festival
Darwin, NT
The Tivoli, Brisbane Festival
Brisbane, QLD
Art House
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t is produced by Performing Lines. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body; and was originally supported by The Red Rattler Theatre.

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