The Dressmaker—A Musical Adaptation

The Dressmaker—A Musical Adaptation

Based on Rosalie Ham’s revenge-comedy novel of the same name, The Dressmaker—A Musical Adaptation is directed by Suzanne Chaundy (Opera Australia), written by James Millar and composed by Peter Rutherford (the writers of The Hatpin) with a creative team and cast made up of professional artists and Monash performing arts students.

Humorous and beautifully observed, The Dressmaker—A Musical Adaptation follows the story of Tilly; a girl who grew up under the label of murderer and returns to her home town as a glamorous woman offering the latest Parisienne fashion to the locals. Her exceptional tale is full of love, secrets and revenge.

Presented by Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance, The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. The Dressmaker—A Musical Adaptation is brought to you by the Pratt Foundation.

You can read an article by student Jodie Mattingley about her perspective of working on the production – click here.



Josh Gardiner
Nelson Gardner
Sue Ingleton
Noni McCallum
John O’May
Hester van der Vyver


Script and libretto: James Millar
Composer: Peter Rutherford
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Musical Director: Adrian Portell
Set Design: Dale Ferguson
Costume Design: Chloe Greaves
Sound Design: Marcello Lo Ricco
Production Manager: Nic Clark
Stage Manager: Stephen Moylan


All tickets are $25 for the preview on Friday 19 October. Tickets for the rest of the season are priced as follows:

Standard: $39
Penisioner: $32
Senior: $32
Student: $32
Group of 8+: $29
Monash staff: $29
Monash student: $15

  • This work is suitable for people aged 12+.

Behind the scenes with costume designer Chloe Greaves and set designer Dale Ferguson.

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