Astrid Pill

Astrid Pill is a performer and theatre maker who has worked with numerous companies and collaborators since 1996. Her main interest is in accessible multi-disciplinary, non-linear work addressing uneasy themes, combining dark comedy and pathos.


Biography

Astrid worked with Restless Dance Theatre as performer, workshop leader and community arts director for 10 years which was a formative experience in collaborative theatre making. She recently re-joined Restless as a performer on Shifting Perspectives for the Illuminate  and Vivid Festivals. For Patch Theatre Company she co-created award-winning shows Me & My Shadow, Mr Magee and the Biting Flea and Emily Loves to Bounce and is soon appearing in Superluminal for Illuminate Adelaide.

Astrid sings and studied for many years with Robert Dawe. She notably sang for The New Pollutants re-score of Metropolis (2 x Adelaide Film Festival, Next Wave/ACMI, Dark MoFo, Sydney Opera House and Fed. Square 2021). She also performed a solo show, Easy Ryder by Fiona Sprott for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, directed by Daisy Brown.

She has also worked with Brand X, The Border Project, Sarah Neville, Maude Davey, Vitalstatistix, Windmill Theatre, Polyglot, IHOS Opera, State Theatre SA, Art Bomb/Dream Big, Tutti Arts and Brink Productions.

Astrid has won an Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Cake, which she wrote, toured and adapted for ABC’s airplay, a Fringe Award, two Advertiser Ozcarts and an Arts SA Emerging Artist Scholarship, which enabled her to study voice and physical theatre in France and Poland.

She formed the company Ladykillers with Ingrid Voorendt, Zoe Barry and Gaelle Mellis, creating works including Cake, Lullaby and The Pyjama Girl. Most recently, Voorendt, Barry and Pill were joined by Renate Henshke, Jason Sweeney and Sue Grey-Gardner to create “I Hide in Bathrooms” which premiered to critical acclaim at the Adelaide Festival 2024. She is developing a new work “Peter Out, the Obsolete”, exploring disposable culture, frailty, obsolescence and abandonment, which was seeded during a residency at The Mill. 


Photo credit: Diana Stenta

Media

RealTime

“Astrid Pill [is] an astounding contemporary performer... I was spellbound.”

Contact

Producer
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