Duckie Swanzz #isolyfe

What is she? Part duck, part faux pas, part drag sensation. She's in COVID-19 isolation - and she ain't doing well!

Duckie Swannzz #isolyfe

Fri 22 May 2020 6:00pm


LIVE on Facebook 6pm Friday 21 May

What is she? Part duck, part faux pas, part drag sensation. She's in COVID-19 isolation - and she ain't doing well!

UQLife and Monster Media are excited to bring you the sensation that is Duckie Swannzz in a UQ exclusive cabaret performance, live from her bathroom, ahhh nest, in downtown Melbourne.

Join us LIVE on Facebook Friday 22 May at 6pm and get to know Duckie!

Imagine if Sex and the City existed in 2020, and there's a 5th gal pal who's a little more faux pas than fabulous, and shove her in isolation. Now make it a one-woman pop musical (of sorts) and that is - Duckie Swannzz #isolyfe.

A pop cabaret for anyone who has ever felt like they were a square peg trying to fit into a round hole or that they never quite lived up to expectations.

Why not dress up for the event and tag us on @uqlife Instagram using the hashtag #dressedforduckie and we will share the pictures on the night.

Watch LIVE on Facebook 6pm Friday 22 May

Duckie Swannzz #isolyfe

Brought to life by: Karla Hillam (Offspring, Wentworth, The Warriors, The Divine Miss Better, Practically Perfect)
Written and Directed by: Spanky! aka Rhys Morgan (Candice McQueen: Nasty, Matthew Mitchum: Twists and Turns, Matthew Mitchum: Under the covers)
Musically Directed by: Andrew Kroenert (Shakespeare in Love, Carmen Live or Dead, 27 Club, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dream Lover)

About the Team

Karla Hillam

Hey there! I'm Karla and I'm a lover of stories and inciter of feelings using the mediums of acting, son & dance.

Karla Hillam has spent the last ten years building a sustainable career interpreting stories for others and developing her own. She has appeared on television in shows such as Offspring, Wentworth and The Warriors. In 2019, Karla toured Australia in Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews (JTM Productions). In 2017, Karla premiered Ugly Duckling, the precursor to Duckie Swanzz #isolyfe, at Melbourne Fringe Festival and appeared as Catherine in The Memory of Water (3 Big Men Productions) at Chapel off Chapel. Karla has toured the east coast of Australia with Brainstorm Productions, and toured Australia and NZ with the debauchery of smash-hit cabaret, The Divine Miss Bette (Neil Gooding Productions), appeared as Missy in the Australian premiere production of The Marvelous Wonderettes (Monster Media) at 45 Downstairs and as Sunny Jacobs for the critically acclaimed Australian premiere of The Exonerated (Sol III Company).


Spanky (AKA Rhys Morgan) is originally from New Zealand and a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Spanky has collaborated prolifically with Jonny Woo, Richardette, Lisa Lee, John Sizzle, Ryan Styles and Le Gateaux Chocolat. Spanky has performed at London's famous Duckie at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Edinburgh Fringe, Homotopia in Liverpool and the Queer Theatre Festival in Dublin. The Spanky and Xavior Show highlighted at the MTV Music Awards after party in Lisbon. There have been regular engagements at UK festivals Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Shambala. Spanky's alter ego Candice McQueen was born out of Bistrotheque pantomime Malice in Wonderland. Candice McQueen: Nasty was premiered at Melbourne's Butterfly Club for MIdsumma 2012. More recently, Rhys was commissioned to adapt the biography of Australian Olympian Matthew Mitcham for Twists and Turns which premiered at the Fringe Festival Perth, winning Best Cabaret. After a nationwide tour, Spanky again collaborated with Matthew Mitcham for his sophmore cabaret outing, Under the Covers.

Andrew Kroenert

Andrew has a bachelor of Arts majoring in Music and Drama from Monash University. Musical Direction credits include: Shakespeare in Love (MTC), Ugly Duckling (Melbourne Fringe, Green Room nomination) Carmen, Live or Dead (Oriel Entertainment, The Hayes Theatre), 27 Club (Butterfly Club, QLD Tour), Paw Patrol Live: Race to the rescue, Scooby Doo: Level Up, Peppa Pig Live: Treasure Hunt, Peppa Pig Live: Big Splash, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Live (Life Like Touring, national tour), Barney Live! World Tour (Life Like Touring), Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries (Life Like Touring, South Africa tour), Rocking the House with Mickey Mouse (Disney Special Events), Showtune Sweethearts (Morning Melodies, Hamer Hall), Tinderella (Chapel off Chapel), and Up Close and Reasonably Personal (Amanda Harrison, Butterfly Club). Performing credits include: Oklahoma! (The Production Company), Jamie in The Last 5 Years, Stuart Dalrymple in Brigadoon (The Production Company), Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company), Angel in Carmen Alive or Dead (Oriel Entertainment), Dream Lover (GFO Sydney and Melbourne), Peter in Company (Watch This), Fiddler on the Roof (TML) City of Angels (Life Like Company), Jim Greene in Show Boat (The Production Company), amongst others.