New queer thriller comes to Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for Midsumma Festival

Young couple Tess and Maud are off on a camping weekend for some much-needed respite from their busy lives. But with a rogue animal on the loose, ominous weather warnings and a strange man hanging around their campsite, what begins as an idyllic couple getaway quickly descends into the trip from hell.

‘Menace Ridge’ is a one-act thriller-comedy, exploring the threats constantly pushing in on womxn and queer people when we venture outside of our safe zones and into the unknown.

For many of us, charming images of couples in matching Kathmandu jackets smiling triumphantly on a hike are deeply linked to our idea of a fulfilling and adventurous life. But for queer couples partaking in these rites of passage, the experience can be vastly different from the heteronormative narrative we’re often sold.

Dirty Pennies Theatre Project are teaming up with the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre to premiere award-winning writer Amy May Nunn’s new genre-bending play, as part of their inaugural Midsumma season. Using raw storytelling and original sound design, Menace Ridge examines the camping misadventure tale through a queer lens, taking audiences on a tense, irreverent and guttural journey into uncharted territory.

More information on the company can be found at

February 1-5, 2022
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
210 Londsdale St, Melbourne
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Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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