Beautiful Highness

Written by Chelsea Plumley and based on the experiences of the playwright’s family celebrating the incredible grit and determination it takes to live with and alongside a mental health diagnosis.

  • Dates 17 - 28 May 2023

  • Times See below

  • Ticket prices See below

Past Event

A new Australian black comedy by Chelsea Plumley.

Shelley – a spunky, wise-cracking battler – lives with a soundscape of non-stop ‘Voices’ plaguing her every waking minute. The only relief comes from weekly visits to see her kids who live with their Nana, daily phone calls to her siblings, and really, really loud music.

Based on a true story, Beautiful Highness centres around one family’s incredible grit and determination dealing with mental ill-health. Unsentimental, heartwarming and gently humorous, the play crystallises just how important a sense of belonging and connection is for all of us. Beautiful Highness is an empathy recharge for those living with or supporting someone with a diagnosis; the family members, carers and practitioners.

Written by musical theatre and cabaret star, Chelsea Plumley, and featuring music and sound design by ARIA and APRA winner, James Roche (Bachelor Girl).

Cast: Michelle Stayner (Blue Heelers, Halifix F.P., Carson’s Law), Petra Glieson (Metro Sexual, It’s A Date, The Dr Blake Mysteries), Tanya Schneider (Harrow, Metro Sexual, Heist), Angela Kennedy (Come From Away, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Sons and Daughters), Anthony Scundi (Unsolicited Male, Nine – the Musical, Hurlyburly), Jessica Faulkner (The Inbestigators, Glitch, Mustangs FC), and child actors Jasper McDonald Parsons and Alistair Herbert.

Supported by City of Stonnington, the Cybec Foundation & ANZACATA

Painting by Richard McLean

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17 - 28 May 2023


Wednesday 17: 8pm (Preview)
Thursday 18 & Friday 19: 8pm
Saturday 20: 2.30pm & 8pm
Sunday 21: 4pm (Post show Q&A)
Tuesday 23: 7.30pm (Evening post show Q&A)
Wednesday 24: 7.30pm – Auslan Interpreted
Thursday 25 & Friday 26: 7.30pm
Saturday 27: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 28: 4pm


$44 Standard
$34 Concession
$40 Groups (10+)
$38 Preview performance (Wed 17 May)


Two hours (incl. 20-minute interval)

All Chapel Off Chapel performances have a strict lockout policy.
Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive at least 15-minutes before performance time.

Seating & Accessibility

Seating: Allocated Seating

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15-minutes prior to the performance start time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require accessible seating or wheelchair access, call the Box Office on 03 8290 7000, Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm to book your tickets.


Coarse language
Depictions, mentions, descriptions or references to:
Mental Health – schizophrenia, mental breakdowns, psychological impacts of trauma
Addiction – smoking (stage cigarettes do not contain tobacco) & drug use
Overt sexual language – the 'Voices' the protagonist hears threaten her children sexually
A family dealing with a missing person
This performance is suitable for ages 16+

Additional Information

To protect your health and safety and that of our team we have the following measures in place:


Venue will open one hour prior to showtime.
The venue will be CASHLESS.
Mask wearing is strongly encouraged when inside the theatres.


Chapel Off Chapel and the City of Stonnington have comprehensive COVID Safe plans in place.