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By Travis Alabanza
Directed by Kitan Petkovski

Imagine a burger. The archetype. The emoji. The real… burger.


Now imagine how they are made. How they smell. How they feel in your hands. How they taste. How they travel through the air.


In broad daylight in April 2016 at Flinders Street Station, a burger was thrown at Kikki whilst someone shouted a transphobic slur. Over one hundred people saw, and no one did anything. To understand this act of violence, Kikki needs to make a burger – with the help of a stranger. 


Funny, confronting, flirtatious and sometimes a bit messy, Burgerz combines confessional storytelling, live cooking, and audience interaction to recreate a trans person of colour’s lived experience. Poignantly unpredictable, Burgerz lifts the lid off gender and race politics by asking us to reflect on our own complicity. To be unregulated is to be dangerous. 

8-18 February 2023

Midsumma Festival, Theatre Works

Creative Team

Playwright - Travis Alabanza (they/them)

Director - Kitan Petkovski (he/him)

Performer - Kikki Temple (she/they)

Set and costume designer - Bethany J Fellows

Lighting designer - Katie Sfetkidis (she/her)

Sound designer - Rachel Lewindon (she/her)

Co-producer - Ro Bright (they/them)
Stage Manager - Yi Wei Koh (she/her)
Production Photographer - James Reiser (he/him)

Presented with the support from Creative Victoria, the Victorian Government, City of Port Phillip and Theatre Works.

Original production commissioned and produced by Hackney Showroom.

“Temple is a force of nature... daring and provocative.”



“A star-making central performance... It is expert metatheatre. For the third time this year, Theatre Works has another hit on their hands.” AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW


“Director Kitan Petkovski’s visual tableaus are iconic... Hilarious and convicting all at once. Be brave. See this play.”



“When it comes to smashing barriers to performance, Kikki Temple really knows how to make an entrance...a joyful celebration of gender diversity.” THE AGE


“Kikki’s amazing presence and force of personality carry us.”


“The entrance by Temple at the beginning of the show will be one of the best I have seen in a theatre production. Kikki Temple dazzles in this production.” MY MELBOURNE ARTS

“This show has a big heart and a lot of humour...deserves to be seen by every young person in this country." ARTS HUB

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