Chrissie Shaw as Madame Bijou


a cabaret of Secrets & Seduction

The Artistes

Chrissie Shaw
writer & Madame Bijou 

Chrissie Shaw, writer and performerChrissie Shaw’s performing career began in Sydney in the 1960s at University of Sydney, and in the New Theatre. In the ’70s and ’80s she toured around Australia with Pipi Storm Theatre Company, doing group-devised shows and workshops for children. Two independent productions THE DRESSES  and THE NOT TOO LATE SHOW  both toured in Sydney and interstate (including the ACT) in 1983 and 1986/7. 

Chrissie has worked as an actor/musician in many productions in Canberra, for TAU Theatre, Canberra Theatre Company, Women On A Shoestring Theatre Company (touring with, and as musical director and composer of four shows), The Street Theatre (five shows), Social Division, CIA/Stopera and Jigsaw Theatre Company (five shows, all touring).

She has written, produced, composed music for and performed in several independent shows, all premiering in Canberra and touring extensively. These are: ABOUT FACE, FOOTPRINTS ON THE WIND, A SWEETER FERN – THAT’S RED!, THE KEEPER, BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS AND SEDUCTION, and two children’s shows, GRAN’S BAG, (premiered in QLD in 2008) and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. She appeared in ROLLING HOME by Greg Lissaman for The Canberra Theatre Centre and Riverside Theatres Parramatta.

LAWRIE AND SHIRLEY by Geoff Page was produced by The Street Theatre in 2013 and Chrissie won a Critics Circle award for her performance. Her show BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS AND SEDUCTION, premiered in 2013 at The Street Theatre ACT to full houses throughout the season, and to critical acclaim. BIJOU has toured since to regional NSW and Riverside Theatres Parramatta, had a return season in Canberra September 2015 and a performance in the Famous Spiegeltent, March 2016..

Chrissie has worked in Adelaide for VITALSTATISTIX (TRIP TO THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, and ROSE ABOVE THE ODDS), has performed in training videos for Government departments, as well as independent films including JOY FLIGHT (part of the LOCKS OF LOVE series), and for JINDABYNE (scenes not in final cut).

In April 2017 she appeared with William Zappa in his production of ILIAD OUT LOUD, at The Street Theatre Canberra. She has been musical director of several community choirs, and is a founding member of A BUNCH OF POSERS, a musical troupe.  Musical instruments: Piano Accordion, piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder, clarinet.


  • First in NSW, Grade 5 Musical Perception, 1961
  • ACT MEAA Green Room Award, 1998 Professional Performer of the Year.
  • Shortlisted: Centre For Australian Cultural Studies Award, 1998.
  • 2001 Edna Ryan Award for Creative Arts
  • Shortlisted 2002 ACT Government Creative Arts Fellowship.
  • Finalist, Senior Australian of the Year, ACT, 2005
  • Critics’ Circle Award 2006/7 for Drumming on Water.
  • Critics’ Circle Award 2011/12 for Lawrie and Shirley .
  • Critics’ Circle Award 2013 for Bijou
  • ACT MEAA 2013 Green Room Award for Bijou.
  • Chrissie is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Alan Hicks
Bar Pianist

Alan Hicks, bar pianistAlan Hicks is one of Australia’s foremost vocal coaches and accompanists. Graduate, staff accompanist and piano tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music UK, Head of Voice at the School of Music in Canberra (2008 – 12), he is currently a vocal and Italian coach in the Opera Unit at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a highly regarded freelance accompanist.  Alan performs regularly around Australia in recitals and Festivals with leading national and international artists, including duo partnerships with Geoffrey Lancaster and Alan Vivian.

In collaboration with the ACT Friends of Opera he has coordinated high-level performance opportunities for aspiring young singers at embassies and consular venues around Canberra. Theatrical credits include musical preparation for Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl, Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, and chorus master for Tosca, The Barber of Seville, La Traviata and From a Black Sky.

 Alan has worked as a pianist for Opera Australia and appears regularly with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Flute Festival. At the Australian Flute Festival he has given recitals with Aldo Baerten (Belgium), Jane Rutter (Australia), Luca Manghi (Italy/New Zealand) and Roberto Alvarez (Spain/Singapore).

He makes regular appearances as an accompanist and soloist with ArtSong Canberra. In 2013 he made his stage debut at the Street Theatre as Alain/Claude in the award-winning Bijou, starring and written by Chrissie Shaw.  In 2014 Alan was the winner of the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award.

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