The Suitcase Royale is a Rag ‘n’ Bone band of three from Melbourne that has been creating and performing together since mid 2004. Their premier work Felix Listens to the World was presented as part of the 2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival and toured extensively in North America and Australia to great critical acclaim.
The collaborative creation of original works is the hallmark of The Suitcase Royale. Their self- styled form, ‘junkyard theatre’, employs multiple art forms and influences including dance, puppetry, slapstick, music, text and set design and construction. Incorporating filmic techniques, The Suitcase Royale aim to revive the aesthetic of classic cinema. The company’s work is underpinned by the ingenious use of found objects and the composition and performance of original music. It is an ensemble-based style of theatre making that approaches the work as a whole, with an eye to detail and an ambition to construct highly developed and complex performances that impart the simplest of tales. The trio try to approach each performance uniquely and believe in creating accessible theatre experiences for all, more akin to a live music set than a “fourth wall” theatre show.
The Suitcase Royale’s second work, Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon was commissioned for Next Wave Festival and premiered in March 2006 as part of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. The show toured nationally and internationally performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Pittsburgh USA, Edinburgh Fringe, Ruhrfestspiele Germany, Dublin Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre London.
In 2008, the company’s first directorial collaboration with Neill Gladwin, The Ghosts of Ricketts Hill, won Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award. In the same year, The Suitcase Royale collaborated with renowned UK performance duo, Lone Twinon Newboys, commissioned and presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival.
In 2009 the company recorded and released their debut self titled album with Baboso recordings. The Ballad of Backbone Joe toured internationally to Ruhrfestspiele festival and Erlangen festival in Germany and the company were artists in residence at the BURST festival at Battersea Arts Centre, London.
Initial development on their new work, ZOMBATLAND commenced, and Backbone Joe was programmed at The Arts House, Melbourne as part of the international LOOK OUT festival alongside Forced Entertainment and Ontroerend Goed
2010 The Suitcase Royale bagged two Green Room awards for their Melbourne Comedy Festival production The Space Show. They have been programmed at both the Sydney Festival and World Theatre Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse, and undertook a six-week UK tour. There performed at Latitude Festival, Battersea Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe, where they were nominated for a Total Theatre Award for most innovative theatre work. And were handpicked by Cate Blanchett to perform at the Sydney Theatre Company in September.
2011 The Suitcase Royale returned to the UK tour in which they were named associate artists of the Battersea Arts Centre in London. The company premiered their new work Zombatland in Edinburgh and returned to London to a sold out season of The Ballad of Backbone Joe at the SOHO Theatre, receiving high praise from the UK press as well as Time Out Critic Choice and Guardians pick of the Week.
2012 The Suitcase Royale undertook its first national tour of ZOMBATLAND and began development on a new six-part comedy series.
2013 The Suitcase Royale have been nominated for 2 Melbourne Green Room Awards for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Comedy and continue to work on the T.V series in partnership with Princess Pictures.