Moira and Connor O’Flaherty leave County Mayo for a better life in the Australian goldfields. But all they find in the harsh soil of Ballarat is poverty and heartbreak. As the Eureka flag is raised, Moira makes a terrible pact in order to save her family. The effects of this one night will be felt for generations.

Spanning one hundred and fifty years of toil, hardship, and devastating et cetera, The Sovereign Wife is one woman’s epic journey across our sunburnt country – from country Victoria all the way to the Simpson Desert. Taking inspiration from The Man From Snowy River, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, and the spellbinding artwork of Ken Done, it is a wild bush-doof through our national identity.

After vivisecting the Civil-War melodrama (Summertime in the Garden of Eden) and Evil-Child horror films (Little Mercy), DIY drag–theatre troupe SISTERS GRIMM are set to tackle their biggest challenge yet: the Great Australian Frontier Epic.


Paul Blenheim
Joseph Chetty
Jason De Santis
Ash Flanders
Genevieve Giuffre
Felix Ching Ching Ho
Bessie Holland
Morgan Maguire
Peter Paltos


Declan Greene – Director
Ash Flanders and Declan Greene – Writers
Romanie Harper – Set Designer
Owen Phillips – Costume Design
Jed Palmer – Sound Design and Composition
Katie Sfetkidis – Lighting Design
Nakkiah Lui – Dramaturgy
Bek Berger – Producer



‘SISTERS GRIMM are a breath of weird-smelling fresh air in the Melbourne theatre scene.’ – Inpress

SISTERS GRIMM (Ash Flanders and Declan Greene) have been working together for the last six years, cultivating a unique brand of ‘gay DIY drag-theatre’ performed mostly in non-traditional spaces. Their shows incorporate a wide range of art forms and genres: from theatre to performance art to sexploitation cinema. Past works include ‘Summertime in the Garden of Eden’, ‘Little Mercy’, and ‘Cellblock Booty’.

‘The Sovereign Wife’ has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board and supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

Attendance Information

  • Recommended for 15 years and older
  • Contains frequent coarse language
  • Contains theatrical weapons, smoke effects and lasers.