Writer/Performer – Ally Morgan
Director – Miranda Middleton
Co-Producers – Erica Lovell & Talia Meyerowitz-Katz
Production Design – Grace Deacon
Lighting Design – Aron Murray
Orchestration – Oliver Beard and Maddy Mallis
Sound Design/Engineer – Marlon Grunden
Dramaturg – Brittanie Shipway
Photography – Cameron Grant
It’s the one-woman cabaret that was meant to save the world from climate change. It didn’t, but it just might save us from ourselves.
After captivating audiences and critics alike, Ally Morgan’s one-woman cabaret is back to save the world, one more time.
26-year-old Ally Morgan is determined to save the world from climate change. How does she plan to do it? Through the power of THEATRE! The only problem is that she’s so anxious about climate change that she can’t actually write the life-changing show that will save the world through the power of theatre… See the problem?
So, when Ally finally books in to see a psychologist and a guided meditation miraculously transports her to a real-life theatre in front of YOU, she’s got no choice but to devise a one-woman show on the spot – right here, right now!
‘Not Today’ is a frank and funny trip inside the mind of an anxious millennial on a mission. Armed with her army of instruments and an entirely original score including 12 unforgettable songs, Ally may not quite save the world, but she’ll sure put on one heck of a show.
“We are here, and we will die someday, but not today.”
Available to Tour
Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Comedy
Suitable for 15+
Theatre (Proscenium), Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box, Studio, Thrust, Town Hall
1 x Performers
1 x Production Manager
1 x Stage Manager
2021 – KXT PopUpstairs (5 performances)
2022 – Melbourne International Comedy Festival (6 performances)
2022 – Theatre Works (11 performances)
2022 – Seymour Centre (Sydney Fringe) (5 performances)
2022- Riverside Theatres (2 performances)
What people are saying
★★★★ “Newcomer could be a younger Tim Minchin… A terrific show with a message that makes it greater than the (already impressive) sum of its parts. I’ve seen plenty of intimate, confessional shows about mental health issues, but this is not that. It is a show that shares our grief, and offers courage, honesty and hope.” Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★★ “Not Today is brilliant. Poignant. Witty. And without getting in your face, relevant.” Sydney Scoop
★★★★.5 “Wholly original… a call to arms to continue fighting for climate justice day to day and a cathartic reminder of what connects us. To see this connection with all its associated existential heft play out in a full theatre is to feel just how vital art is to fostering that connection…. Ally holds the audience in the palm of her hand” Theatre People
“We were spellbound… We can’t get enough. She’s Brilliant.” Weekend Notes Melbourne
“Anything I write from this point on will never be as articulate or as powerful as Ally Morgan’s stellar writing… I left the venue almost speechless, almost unable to express the wonderful show I had just seen.” Lilithia Reviews
- Primary: Cabaret and Musical Theatre fans: Not Today attracts a broad range of musical theatre and cabaret consumers. The work attracts music fans who wouldn’t normally be attracted to narrative performance, and musical theatre fans who are
seeking a new experience.
- Secondary: Music/Comedy audiences: established fans of music comedy (eg Tim Minchin, Jude Pearl) keen to discover a fresh voice.
- Tertiary: LGBTQIA+ music and theatre fans who are keen to see a new work by a queer artist. Key demographic: Bi+ Identifying 20-45.
Outstanding reviews from a wide range of outlets and influencers alongside a solid production history, including selection for the Made In Sydney program.
Through its use of comedy and music, it takes an honest look at millennials’ mental health, with a particular focus on climate change and the increasing phenomenon of climate grief. Not Today will resonate deeply with audiences whilst generating a sense of collective hope and humanity.
A smart blend of storytelling, folk, rock and comedy. Not Today pushes the limits of how a cabaret can sound. Through an exciting combination of live instrumentation (Ally plays keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and ukulele) and professionally orchestrated and recorded backing tracks, the show sits within the realm of folktronica – a fresh and unique sound in the cabaret genre.
The work is built to scale from small community venues through to larger pros-arch theatres, but is ideally suited to 150-300 seat theatres with an intimate feel. With themes universal to millennials and zellennials, and music that blends genres while remaining warm and accessible, Not Today will play as strongly in a regional centre with excellent engagement among young adults and women 24-35, as it will in metro venues seeking works that will engage younger market segments with cabaret and musical theatre experiences. It is an ideal festival piece which is why both the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival have programmed the work in headlining venues.
Awards & Accolades
Sydney Fringe Awards 2020
WINNER – Best in Musical Theatre & Cabaret
Nominated – Best in Music
Nominated – Touring Award Melbourne Fringe
Nominated – Touring Award SYNZ
Green Room Awards 2023
Nominated – Best Writing – Cabaret
About Rogue Projects
Producing in Sydney and Melbourne, multi-award-winning Rogue Projects is one of Australia’s busiest independent production and development companies. With a commitment to championing invisible artists and seeking out stories that are not on our stages, the Rogues support outstanding new work from some of the country’s most exciting writers and directors.
Their most recent work includes Blacklisted at Hayes Theatre and the critically-acclaimed cabaret, Not Today. The company produced Sam O’Sullivan’s You’re Not Special, directed by Samantha Young, which enjoyed a sell-out season at Kings Cross Theatre. The play was the first ever production at KXT to be captured for on-demand streaming by Australian Theatre Live.
Other notable work includes Madeleine Withington’s Wil and Grace, which was nominated for a 2021 Sydney Theatre Award, Kasia Vickery’s teen trans comedy Taz vs The Pleb, Sophia Simmons’ Gravity Guts (Winner Best Emerging Artist, Nominated Best in Theatre Sydney Fringe 2017), and the short film Refused Classification by Bradford Elmore, which recently took out the Best Comedy and Best LGBT Short Film Awards at the Cannes Short Film Festival before headlining the Queerscreen Film Festival at World Pride Sydney. Their most recent productions included Blacklisted at Hayes Theatre and the critically-acclaimed Pear-Shaped by Miranda Middleton and Ziggy Resnick, which had its mainstage debut at Theatre Works in 2023.
About Ally Morgan
Alexandra is a skilled actor, writer, musician, and producer who graduated from NIDA’s Screen Actors Studio in 2014 and Actors Centre Australia in 2017. Her screen credits include short films The Passenger, Gecko, and Warrior. She has appeared on SBS’s The Feed and performed the lead role in Katie Pollock’s Normal during its Australian premiere at The Old 505, directed by Anthony Skuse. Alexandra produced and starred in the short film Her Own Music directed by Olivia Aleksoski which premiered at the 2020 Sydney Film Festival as a finalist in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and had its international debut at OutFest LA 2020. Alexandra is also the co-creator of the forthcoming web-series How To Be Queer, which was the winner of 2020’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s Pitch Pleez! and recently premiered at the 2021 edition of the festival. Her music appears on Triple J Unearthed and in the Her Own Music score. In 2020, Alexandra independently released the singles ‘Quiet Australian’ and ‘Isolation Song’ with music videos directed by Miranda Middleton. Alexandra also writes for television, with two TV series in development – Not Sure Yet and Girl Crush the Series.