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Hayes Theatre Co presents Gillian Cosgriff in

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things


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Following her successful debut show, Waitressing… and Other Things I Do Well, Gillian Cosgriff is doing less waitressing and more of the other things. These may include: drinking, text messages, profanity, sex, grammar, hangovers, and Band-Aids. Her hilarious original songs will make you glad these things haven’t happened to you.

After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, Gillian wrote her debut show, Waitressing...And Other Things I Do Well, which played to sellout crowds in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. She also recorded an EP of original songs from the show with Luckiest Records, which was released on iTunes in 2011.

Her television appearances include Offspring, House Husbands, and Fat Tony & Co., and she was a backing vocalist for Kate Miller-Heidke’s album, Nightflight. Theatre credits include Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company) and A 3-Handed Mikado with Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley) and David Collins (The Umbilical Brothers). Her performance in the improvised web series Written It Down (featured on Funny or Die) saw her win Best Actress at the LA Webfest Awards 2014.

Her most recent show, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, has played at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Fringeworld Perth & the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and received the Best Cabaret Award at Melbourne Fringe 2013 and the WA Arts Editor Award at Fringeworld Perth 2014, along with being nominated for four Green Room Awards.

“While busy chuckling away at her effortless banter, it is easy to forget that behind the laughs, Gillian is also a fantastic musician and vocalist.” – Perth Culture

“Warm, witty, and engaging, Cosgriff is an entertaining conversationalist, but it’s through her songs that her talents really shine. Crossing genres with ease, Cosgriff displays her impressive vocal range, from a sultry jazz drawl to a broad Australian burr.” – The West Australian

“Aside from the fact that she is incredibly musically gifted, her easy-going, lightly self-deprecating humour draws the audience in and leaves them audibly sighing for more. Literally.” - Heckler

“With such a surfeit of talent and charm, Cosgriff is bound to have a long and successful career. […] The songs are original and clever, her wordplay adept, her singing voice supple and rich.” - Arts Hub

“…at just 26 she already has the assurance and polish of a seasoned performer, combined with disarmingly dorky charisma, a fresh, contemporary sense of humour, and a firm grasp of traditional cabaret tropes.” - Arts Hub