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Ursula Martinez

Free Admission

Celebrating the contradictions that make us human, while having a dig at the mess that is of our own making.
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‘Funny, tongue-in-cheek, heartfelt and emotional.’

- The Guardian (UK)

In the current social media-obsessed climate of self-promotion, Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez is up on her dirty soapbox, baring her soul (and possibly more) in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living.

Free Admission sees Martinez building a real brick wall between herself and the audience, whilst revealing her innermost hopes, fears, frustrations, delights and disappointments.

Insightful and hilarious Free Admission celebrates the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human, while having a dig at the mess that is of our own making.

A Perth Festival Co-Commission 
Commissioned by Southbank Centre and Fierce Festival

Directed by Mark Whitelaw

Images: Alicja Dobricka

The detail

State Theatre Centre Studio Underground



  • Tactile Tour Tactile Tour
  • Captioned Performances Captioned Performances
  • Auslan Performances Auslan Performances
  • Audio Described Audio Described
  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

Captioned performance Sat 16 Feb 8pm
Audio described performance Mon 18 Feb 7pm
Tactile tour Mon 18 Feb 6pm
Auslan interpreted performance Fri 15 Feb 8pm

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Please Note

Duration: 60mins
Latecomers only admitted at a suitable break in the performance

Warning: Contains full frontal nudity, political (in)correctness & a reinvention of the theatrical fourth wall.


Post Show Conversation

Thu 14 Feb 9pm


About the Artist

Fearless performer Ursula Martinez fuses personal experience and wicked humour to create innovative, challenging, highly entertaining theatre.

An award-winning writer, performance artist and director, thanks to the internet Martinez is probably best known around the world for hiding a red hankie. Her quirky, daring style of theatre has won her endless accolades and we’re excited to welcome her to Perth as our 2019 Artist-In-Residence.

While she’s in Perth Martinez will take part in workshops and talks and will also star in two shows – Free Admission and the newly-commissioned autobiographical A Family Outing – 20 Years On.



Commissioned by Southbank Centre and Fierce Festival
Supported by Arts Council England


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