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GILLIAN COSGRIFF

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Gillian is a singer, writer, actor, musician, and comedian who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Her 2023 solo show, Actually, Good, garnered rave reviews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won the award for Most Outstanding Show and the Golden Gibbo (for Best Independent Show).

 

She has toured extensively with her solo shows as a comedian and cabaret performer, most notably at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Leicester Square Theatre in London. She co-wrote the opera Lorelei for Victorian Opera with Casey Bennetto and Julian Langdon in 2018, which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre.

 

In 2020 she directed Michelle Brasier’s show Average Bear, which was nominated for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has since gone on to play the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre in London, as well as a filmed special released on Paramount Plus.

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CREDITS

CREDITS 

TV

Aunty Donna's Coffee Cafe

Comedy Up Late

Get Krack!n'

Ricketts Lane

Fat Tony & Co

House Husbands

Offspring

ABC

ABC

ABC

ABC

Channel Nine

Channel Nine

Network Ten

Actor

Actor

Actor

Actor

Actor

Actor

Actor

2023

2018

2017

2014

2014

2013

2012

Theatre

Godspell

Come Rain or Come Shine

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Neon Tiger

Lorelai

Vivid White

Company

Loving Repeating

Pirates of Penzance

Hayes Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company

Michael Cassel Group

La Boite Theatre Company

Victorian Opera

Melbourne Theatre Company

Watch This

Vic Theatre Company

The Production Company

Actor

Actor

Actor

Composer / Lyricist

Lyricist / Librettist

Actor

Actor

Actor

Actor

2022

2022

2019-2022

2018

2018

2017

2015-2016

2015

2013

Live

Actually, Good

Michelle Brasier: Average Bear

So Far So Good

8 Songs in 8 Weeks Volume 4

To the Moon & Back

Whelmed

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Waitressing... and Other Things I Do Well

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Edinburgh Fringe / MICF

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Performer

Director

 

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

2023

2020- 2022

 

2018

2017

2016-2017

2014-2015

 

2013-2016

2011-2012

MEDIA

VIDEOS
Press Quotes

PRESS/AWARDS 

Awards:

WINNER: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL - MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW - 2023

WINNER: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL - THE GOLDEN GIBBO (BEST INDEPENDENT SHOW) - 2023

WINNER: GREEN ROOM AWARD - NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK (OPERA) - 2019

WINNER: GREEN ROOM AWARD - WRITING (CABARET) - 2018

WINNER: GREEN ROOM AWARD - ARTISTE (CABARET) -2018

WINNER: GREEN ROOM AWARD - ORIGINAL SONGS (CABARET) - 2013

WINNER: MELBOURNE FRINGE - BEST CABARET - 2013

Reviews for Actually, Good!:

BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE RECOMMENDED 2023

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "What a triumph!"

CHORTLE

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Actually, Good is actually rather wonderful."

THE SCOTSMAN

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "A near-perfect hour of observational comedy music and poignant stand-up"

THE WEE REVIEW

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Her way with music and lyrics is pure genius. There’s not a single gag that doesn’t land, nor a hair out of place."

THE HERALD SUN

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Her stand-up is as sharp and acerbic as her brilliant lyrics. This is what happens when serious talent meets serious funny."

THE  DAILY REVIEW

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

MERVYN SUTTER'S PICK OF THE FRINGE

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

LILITHIA

 

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 "Incredibly affirming and funny Cosgriff's a whip-smart, quick witted, confident performer."

THE  AGE

★ ★ ★ ★  "Cosgriff's show is exceptional"

FEST MAG

★ ★ ★ ★  "An endearingly fun musical comedy... ruthlessly cheery interactive hour"

TIME OUT

★ ★ ★ ★  "Actually, Good is a noble attempt at turning a simple idea into a joyous, life-affirming show"

BROADWAY BABY

★ ★ ★ ★  "It'd simply be impossible to leave Cosgriff's show without a smile on your face"

THE SKINNY

★ ★ ★ ★

ED FEST MAG

CONTACT

CONTACT

Manager: Bríd Kirby  

brid@individualam.com

Live Work: Sojo McKenzie

sojo@individualam.com

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