Madame: The Story of Joseph Farrugia

“Madame is a beguiling contradiction. It’s ground-breaking yet simple, it’s documentary mixed with dance, it is memorable theatre, it’s…difficult to describe…just go see it.” Stage Whispers

ClientRoss Ganf

Madame: The Story of Joseph Farrugia is a whirlwind journey through the extraordinary life and times of adult entertainment trailblazer Joseph Farrugia aka Madame Josephine, long-time creative director and host of famous Adelaide strip club Crazy Horse Revue/Madame Josephine’s

Generated from hours of interviews with Joseph, in this show dance theatre meets documentary biopic.

Madame is presented by Vitalstatsitix in association with the South Australian State Theatre Company.

“The three excellent performers briskly move the                    narrative between them like a baton…. themovement is intriguingly mannered and stylised. Exaggerated hand gestures accompany the naturalistic narrative, and often one performer lip-synchs another. Each of these strategies shifts the audience off its axis, dislodging expectations and creating a warp in the documentary realism.

Madame is also a terrific entertainment: boisterous and gaudy at times, reflective and moving at others.” The Australian

“Madame lifts the curtain on gritty glamour, and the opening-night audience loved it.” In Daily

Made in collaboration with the performers:

Trevor Stuart



Chris Scherer

Creators / directors:

Ross Ganf, Ingrid Weisfelt & Vincent Crowley


Ross Ganf with Joseph Farrugia


Joshua Tyler, Ross Ganf & Roslyn Oades


Joshua Tyler

Set & lighting design:

Geoff Cobham

Sound design:

Luke Smiles/motion laboratories


Kelly Jones & STCSA Wardrobe

Wigs & makeup:

Jana Davies

Images: Ben McGee & archival material

on loan from Joseph Farrugia

Creative producer:

Emma Webb

Production and  Stage manager:

Emma O’Neill


Chris Petridis & Luke Smiles


Jana Davies


Jennifer Greer Holmes, Heath Britton & Ben McGee

Torque Show would like to give a special thanks to Emma Webb and the fantastic team at Vitalstatistix who have supported this show right from the very beginning. Our thanks also go to the many colleagues and artists who have contributed to the development of this work over a number of years: Rob and Geordie Brookman and all the staff of State Theatre Company; the artists who have contributed to the development of this work including Chelsea Evans, Margot John, Venettia Miller, Steve Mouzakis, Gabrielle Nankivell, Geoff Revell and Tim Standing; Slingsby, Windmill & the State Theatre Company production team and the City of Burnside.