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World Premiere

Betsy and I

Alexandra Ellen

Betsy and I is a new, disability led, semi-autobiographical performance work that explores Ivy’s relationship her disability through her friendship with her wheelie-walker, Betsy. Set in a tea party, the show is full of honest and often funny conversations, Betsy and I explores what it means to be disabled. This show is accessible for both the artists and its audiences.  

Betsy is fabulous and feisty, hates being alone and knows what she wants – to get out of the car boot. She is at Ivy’s mercy and complains when she’s been ignored. At the end of the day, despite their tumultuous relationship, they realise how much they need each other.  

Delving into themes around ableism, internalised ableism, shame, pride, identity and acceptance. The show presents these themes in a safe way, enabling the audience to see the truth more clearly. 

This project was supported by the Undercover Artist Development Program.

"The Undercover Artist Development Program breathed more life and colour into the show. It provided the next step to making my script and dream a reality."


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Date and TIME

Thursday 21 September 2023


1 Hour


Auslan Interpreted Icon   Auslan interpreted

wheelchair accessible icon    Wheelchair accessible

Audio Description icon  Audio description

Closed Captions  Live captioning

50% visual content icon  50% Visual Rating

Social Story Available 


$45 – Adults
$35 – Community/Concession

Companion Cards Accepted


Diane Cilento Studio
Queensland Theatre
78 Montague Rd
South Brisbane QLD 4101


Undercover Artist Festival is hosted at Queensland Theatre, find out more about purchasing tickets here and venue access here.

Community/Concession tickets are available for people with disability, First Nations patrons, seniors, and concession card holders. Companion Card holders can access a free ticket.

Producer: indelabilityarts 

Creator/Writer/Performer: Alexandra Ellen 

Director: Cienda McNamara 

Performer: Sophie Kleinschmidt 

Performer: Cameron Hurry 

Stage Manager: Helen Gillespie 

Set and Costume Design: Jess Hansen 

Sound Design: Sarah Claire Judd 

Integrated Auslan Interpreters: FAB Interpreting  


Betsy and I was produced with the support of indelabilityarts.


Alexandra Ellen (she/her) 

Alexandra Ellen is a Brisbane based theatre maker and visual artist. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to her artistic practice which crosses form. She aims to educate, challenge, expose, encourage and delight.  

Alexandra Ellen is the Artistic Associate at indelabilityarts and has been a member of the professional ensemble since 2017. She was a contributing member of the Love Me; and is part of the creative team and cast of award winning show, Wilbur The Optical Whale. Alexandra is also a visual artist and a member of Access Arts visual arts BOA and Earn From Your Arts programs. Her visual arts practice can be described as expressive and intuitive, leaning towards mixed media and experimenting with materials and technique.  

Over the last three years, she has contributed to many collaborative exhibitions and curated her first solo exhibition Outside Inside in 2019. Alexandra was part of La Boite’s 2020 ASSEMBLY cohort and was the 2020 Access Arts Achievement Award recipient. 


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