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September 2022

Tiddas: the Page-to-Stage Adaption of Anita Heiss’ Novel About Friendship

5 – 24 Sept 2022

Opening tonight in Meenjin (Brisbane) this exciting adaption of Anita Heiss‘ best selling novel Tiddas (Simon & Schuster) tells the heart-strong story of five tiddas whose lives wind and flow like Maiwar (the Brisbane River). It is a love song to friendship where the music of language is Meenjin.

Jane Harrison was privileged to dramaturge, and promises a heart warming theatrical event. She is in town for the opening and took a moment to let me know that “the love is flowing”. 


Brisbane, 2022. Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books, life, love and the jagged bits in between.

Dissecting each other’s lives seems the most natural thing in the world and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. 

Best friends tell each other everything, don’t they? But each woman carries a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.

Tiddas is a page-to-stage adaptation of Anita Heiss’s best-selling novel in a joint La Boite Theatre, QPAC and Brisbane Festival production.

Heiss has developed Tiddas for the stage, introducing Brisbane audiences to the story’s inimitable stars: Izzy, Veronica, Xanthe, Nadine and Ellen.

Tiddas plays La Boite from 5 – 24 September.

The presentation of Tiddas is made possible by the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program of the Australian Government. The development of Tiddas was made possible by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

La Boite Theatre – it’s high-performance performance.


Chenoa Deemal
Anna McMahon
Louise Brehmer
Phoebe Grainer
Shakira Clanton
Roxanne McDonald
Sean Dow


Playwright Anita Heiss, Director Nadine McDonald-Dowd, Set and Costume Designer Zoe Rouse, Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright, Sound Designer Wil Hughes and Assistant Directors Lara Croydon and Aidan Rowlingson

ID: Tiddas team dressed in their sparkling best – ready for opening night ovation 💃🏽💫