One small woman takes on the world.


“This is a spectacular production which is as striking as it is raw.”
Stage Whispers

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“RUNT benefits from a stellar solo showing by Wilks, a searing soundscape by Kelly Ryall, Jenny Hector’s evocative lighting design and Dee’s astute direction. ”

The Blurb


“The gut-felt anger and complex understanding of Runt is why we go to the theatre.”
Anne-Marie Peard, TIMEOUT


Wilks refuses to let you look away from that kind of Hobbesian darkness. She is emphatic in elaborating the resonance between the cruelty her character perpetrates and the treatment she has received.
The Age

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RUNT is a play about the runts of the world: the lesser, the unwanted, the weak, those without clout, the insignificant. It’s about one small woman’s attempt to take power, to lead the oppressed, to rise up and fight, for equality, for decency and what’s right.

Wilks makes the physical emotional and the emotional physical. With a background in circus, she moves like a hurt animal but is never not human.

Her performance is unforgettable but it’s almost impossible to separate it from the input of the creative team. Every element is integrated, meaningful and so damn smart that every choice feels like there could be no other.

The gut-felt anger and complex understanding of Runt is why we go to the theatre.
5 out of 5 stars

Anne-Marie Peard, TIMEOUT

Runt Team:

  • Creator/ Writer: Patricia Cornelius
  • Creator/ Director: Susie Dee
  • Creator/Performer: Nicci Wilks
  • Composer: Kelly Ryall
  • Designer: Romanie Harper
  • Lighting Designer: Jenny Hector
  • Movement Direction: Michelle Heaven


  • Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre, Melbourne March 2021
  • Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre, Melbourne June 2021
  • La Boite, CircFest, Brisbane April 2022
  • Sydney Opera House, May 2022