★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Stage Noise
From the combined comic genius of Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore comes the hilarious new Australian comedy UNQUALIFIED.
Joanne hasn’t been having the best time lately. Her TV star husband has bolted to Bali with his new girlfriend and she’s certainly not going to keep running his real estate business. When her life collides, quite literally, with the perennially optimistic butcher Felicity in a Centrelink office, the two concoct a plan to open a temporary employment agency. The only problem is a lack of employees. But maybe, just maybe, they can stretch their own qualifications to fit…
Navigating a whirlwind of temp jobs, a host of shrewdly drawn characters and enough wisecracks and mishaps to keep you laughing from beginning to end, join Joanne and Felicity on their quest to find their feet. First they’ll be running their own business, then they’ll be running the world.
Don’t miss this non-stop, laugh-out-loud tale about trying your best to be something you’re not.
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★★★★ "A witty, intelligent work... the most sparkling new double act this year." Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ "A cracker... genuinely and frequently funny" Time Out
★★★★ “Clever and hilarious; superficial and deeply felt. I loved it. … theatrical witchcraft: I defy you not to fall under their spell. Recommended – but probably invest in some pee-proof undies." Stage Noise
★★★★ "Keeps the audience rolling in laughter." ArtsHub
"A sensational display of chemistry determined to hold us captive." Suzy Goes See
Cast & Creatives
Playwright | Cast - Joanne
Genevieve Hegney is a graduate of NIDA and also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia. During her career Genevieve has performed extensively in theatre, film and television.
Her theatre credits include INFLUENCE and TOT MUM (directed by Steven Soderbergh) for Sydney Theatre Company, PARRAMATTA GIRLS for Belvoir, TWELFTH NIGHT, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, JULIUS CAESAR and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for the Bell Shakespeare Company, SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS for Darlinghurst Theatre and LOVE for Downstairs Belvoir, both nominated for ‘Best Independent Production’ at the Sydney Theatre Awards.
Her television credits include JANET KING (Series 2), THE KETTERING INCIDENT, HERE COME THE HABIBS! (Series 1-2), READY FOR THIS, THE MOODYS, CAMP, BEDHEAD, DEVIL’S DUST, RAKE, SPIRITED, ALL SAINTS, HOME AND AWAY, THE ALICE, OUT THERE (Series 1 & 2) which received an AFI award for ‘Best Children’s TV Series’.
Film roles include RIP TIDE, THE LITTLE DEATH directed by Josh Lawson, BURNING MAN directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, PRESERVATION, and HAPPY FEET. Short films include OUTBREAK GENERATION, RED INK and DESIRABLE for which she won Best Actress at the Kaleidoscope Film Festival.
Genevieve co-wrote, co-produced and acted in short film, THE AMBER AMULET which won numerous awards worldwide, including the 2013 Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival & won her an AWGIE for ‘Best Screenplay in a Short Film’.
Genevieve has written a six-part TV comedy series, UNQUALIFIED with Catherine Moore.
Playwright | Cast - Felicity
Catherine graduated from VCA, where she received the Irene Mitchell Award for Most Outstanding Actor.
Theatre credits include, BECKY SHAW, CASANOVA, AND THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON, YOU TALKIN’ TO ME? THE DIARY OF AN OLYMPIC CABBIE for Ensemble Theatre, FAR AWAY for Black Swan Theatre Company, CHARCOAL CREEK for Merrigong Theatre Co., MOTORTOWN and THE SEVEN NEEDS for Griffin, THE MEMORY OF WATER for Darlinghurst Theatre, BRECHT IN PERFORMANCE for Sydney Theatre Company, THE CAT LADY OF BEXLEY for Australian Theatre of the Deaf, AS YOU LIKE IT and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS for Bell Shakespeare Company and A MOMENT ON THE LIPS and SOLD at the Old Fitz.
Her Film and TV credits include the Feature Film BEING GAVIN, directed by Mark Kilmurry, JANEY KING, THE KETTERING INCIDENT, HOME AND AWAY, A MOODY CHRISTMAS, CROWNINES, RAKE, SPIRITED, CHANDON PICTURES, the telemovie BIG REEF and the award winning short films JULIAN and CELESTIAL AVENUE. Catherine is an accomplished Cabaret performer. Her works include THE HYMN THAT WE SHOUT, A JAQUES BREL CABARET and WEILL WOMEN – A KURT WEILL CABARET, which won ‘Best Cabaret’ at the 2004 Melbourne Fringe Festival and earned a Green Room nomination.
Catherine has been involved in numerous creative developments across Australia and has written a six-part TV comedy series UNQUALIFIED with Genevieve Hegney, to be produced by Jungle.
Janine was a recipient of the inaugural Sandra Bates Directing Award. For Ensemble Theatre she was Assistant Director on Nina Rayne’s TRIBES and Alan Ayckbourn’s RELATIVELY SPEAKING. She also directed a rehearsed reading of Michael Gow’s AWAY. Janine will direct Bell Shakespeare’s 2018 In-Theatres education production of ROMEO AND JULIET which will be performed at the Sydney Opera House and Vic Arts Centre. She has been a director for Bell’s ACTORS AT WORK program from 2014-2017. She has directed abridged versions of ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, HAMLET and MACBETH. For The Old Fitz Janine has directed CRIMES OF THE HEART (2017), DOLORES (2015 co-directed with Kate Box) and INFINITY TASTER (2015). For Melbourne Fringe she directed AGATHA (2010).
Janine is a graduate from the National Theatre Drama School. Her most recent acting credits include, for Television: THE CODE (Shawn Seet). Feature Film: THAT’S NOT ME (Gregory Erdstein). Theatre: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Iain Sinclair); ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE DREAM (Peter Evans) ANTIGONE (Damien Ryan), THREE SISTERS (Kevin Jackson); THE HAPPY PRINCE, DRACULA, DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Stephen Nicolazzo); Janine won the GLUG Award for Best Supporting Actress for A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, and was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for the same show. She was nominated for a Green Room award for Best Actress for her work in MKA’s TRIANGLE.
Liz Arday is the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Bates Director’s Award.
For Ensemble Theatre, Liz was Assistant Director under Shannon Murphy for CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION in 2012 and will assist Mark Kilmurry on THE NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy in 2018. Liz’s other Assistant Director credits include BEACHED (Griffin Theatre), THE LUNCH HOUR and AS YOU LIKE IT (Siren Theatre), and THE VOICES PROJECT: THE ONE SURE THNG (ATYP). As Director, Liz’s credits include YOURS THE FACE, DEBRIS, THE EISTEDDFOD, A WOMAN ALONE (LZA Theatre), RIDE (Red Scarf Theatre, London), LOVELY UGLY (Griffin Theatre), HEDDA GABLER, THREE SISTER, JESUS, YOUR HEART IS MY PIÑATA, THIS IS BABY DOLL (Factotum). Liz will direct a rehearsed reading of Tracey Trinder’s new work KILLING KATIE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB for Ensemble in August 2018.
Liz is a graduate of the VCA Director’s Course and also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University.
Set and Costume Designer
Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Production Design from NIDA in 2001 and has designed over 100 productions.
Recent design credits include the set and costume design for SPRING AWAKENING at ATYP and the set design for VIOLET at the Hayes Theatre, which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award, GREY GARDENS and MAN OF LA MANCHA for Squabbalogic at the Seymour Centre, the Australian Premiere of THE MOUSETRAP at the Zenith Theatre for Bump In Productions and the set design for ROPE and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, also for Bump In Productions. Simon has designed the set and costumes for Merrigong Theatre Company’s productions of FOUR PLAYS ABOUT WOLLONGONG and VALLEY SONG, SKATE for ATYP, LA BOHEME for Opera South and ANGEL CITY for Tamarama Rock Surfers at the Old Fitzroy. Simon has designed over 20 productions for the Marion Street Theatre for Young People and the 3 plays for NSW State School Drama Company. Simon has also designed sets for many Sydney schools including Shore, Ravenswood, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Newington, Ascham, Sydney Grammar and Barker College.
Simon has been a regular design judge for the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and has tutored Production Design for the NIDA Open Programme. Simon was a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Award 1999 and the 1999 Australia Day Youth Awards for Arts.
Alexander is a Sydney based Director and Lighting Designer. Recent credits include: As Lighting Designer: Sydney Theatre Company: CLOUD NINE. Griffin Independent: NOSFERATUTU, THOMAS MURRAY and the UPSIDE-DOWN RIVER. Sydney Chamber Opera: VICTORY OVER THE SUN. Old Fitz: 4:48 PSYCHOSIS, DOUBT, CRIMES OF THE HEART, THE JUDAS KISS, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, THE WHALE, MEN, FREAK WINDS, HOWIE THE ROOKIE. Old 505 Theatre: THE BLOCK UNIVERSE, HILT. ATYP: WAR CRIMES, MOTH, BETWEEN US. Sydney Dance Company: PPY15: REVEALED. Hayes Theatre: DOGFIGHT. CRITICAL STAGES: SONGS FOR THE FALLEN. As Assistant/Associate Lighting Designer: AN INDEX OF METALS. Alexander was a participant at the 2014 Watermill Center International Summer Program and was also awarded the 2013 Peter Baynes Memorial New York Scholarship and the 2014 Leslie Walford AM Award. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) and Masters of Fine Art (Directing) from NIDA.
Thomas E. Moore
Sound Designer Thomas E. Moore is a 2014 graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Sound Production. His sound design credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART for Imperial Artistry at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, AFTER THE END for the Kings Collective at KXT, BRIGHT THOSE CLAWS THAT MAR THE FLESH for The Hermetic Theatre Company at the Old Fitz Theatre, DIRTY PEOPLE with Jack Rabbit Theatre for The Depot Theatre, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA with the Kings Collective and WE WERE ONCE KINGS for Third Culture Kids at the Blue Room Theatre in Perth. Thomas has worked in audio post-production with Soundfirm Sydney and the West Australian Screen Academy, also as venue technician with Fringe World Perth and audio crew for PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE with MTC. He currently works as an audio technician for Carriageworks, most notably with Sydney Dance Company and as senior technician for Björk Digital. Thomas’ greatest passion is live music and jazz recording, and has worked extensively in Perth’s live music scene and festivals including live mix for Downsyde and stage crew for Empire of the Sun.
Rebecca is a graduate of NIDA (Production).
As Stage Manager: For Ensemble Theatre: BUYER AND CELLAR, TWO, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, THE GOOD DOCTOR, MOTHERS AND SONS, EDUCATING RITA, DREAM HOME, BLUE/ORANGE, RICHARD III, CLYBOURNE PARK, CAMP; MY FIRST TIME (Kay & McLean Productions/SOH), SONGS FOR THE FALLEN (Arts Centre Melbourne/Critical Stages), THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW-SOH, Brisbane, Adelaide (Michael Sieders Presents), Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Performing Lines, The Hayloft Project/Critical Stages, Dead Puppet Society, Return Fire Productions, Sydney Chamber Opera, Red Line Productions, MKA, Milk Crate Theatre, Q Theatre, TRS. As Assistant Stage Manager; DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES, AUSTRALIA DAY, BLOOD WEDDING, ZEBRA!, TRUE WEST and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Sydney Theatre Company), INTERPLAY-International Tour, COUNTERMOVE (Sydney Dance Company), STRANGE INTERLUDE, THYESTES (Belvoir), BLOOD WEDDING (Malthouse Theatre). As Production Manager; CYRANO DE BERGERAC – IPAC & Seymour Centre (Sport for Jove), KAGE/Chunky Move/Adelaide Cabaret Festival, MTC Neon, fortyfivedownstairs, Little Ones Theatre, TheatreWorks, As Production Stage Manager: Griffin Theatre Company. As Technical Stage Manager MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL.
Margaret is a freelance theatre milliner, costume cutter / maker
Film credits: AUSTRALIA; THE GREAT GATSBY; X MEN ORIGINS, WOLVERINE; UNBROKEN; THE GODDESS; PETER RABBIT. Theatre credits: FAME (John Frost ); KING KONG (Global Creatures); HENRY V (Bell); HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (Global Creatures /Dreamworks); THE KING & I (OA); THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Sport for Jove); THE NUTCRACKER (Aust Ballet); ALADDIN (Disney); MY FAIR LADY (Gordon Frost/OA); SIDESHOW ALLEY; LET’S MISBEHAVE; VELVET ROPE; SEVEN; LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (Grayboy Entertainment/Nigel Shaw Designs). TV: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE; A PLACE TO CALL HOME; HI 5; BROCK. For Ensemble: SEMINAR; CAMP; A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD; OTHER DESERT CITIES; DARK VOYAGER; LADIES IN LAVENDER; RELATIVELY SPEAKING; THE GOOD DOCTOR; 6 DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS; DREAM HOME; WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?; EDUCATING RITA; THE ANZAC PROJECT; THE SHOEHORN SONATA. This year Margaret has had the pleasure of working on the soon to be released film PETER RABBIT (2018) as costume maker and as a milliner on THE MERRY WIDOW (OA).