Lucy and Raedie are Mother and Son. They both REALLY love the singer Sia. They love her music, her videos and especially her hair.  They love the way it moves in a choppy, black-on-platinum swivel.

They decided to use the iconic motifs of this Australian pop superstar to make their own performance. Somehow Sia became the catalyst in examining this relationship between a 14-year-old son and his 37-year-old mother, between a legally identified adult and child, Woman and Boy, and two artists creating and sharing something.

This high-energy performance exposes the inherent narcissism that is at the centre of motherhood and how this becomes a burden to the child embarking on adulthood.  It shares something of Lucy and Raedie, past and present. It discovers their new dynamic.

So hold on for dear life through this all singing, all dancing journey of rejection and nurture, disappointment and interdependency, of transforming, growing, hurting and becoming…


I wish my 14 year old son had come to see this with me.
**** Ballad is a beautiful show, and it is a messy one. Just as family relationships are messy. It is a an honest one too about how parental expectation can make us think of our children as disappointments when they are simply in the process of growing up, and are often more like us at the same age than we would like to admit.


Created and Performed by: Lucy Gaizely and Raedie Gaizely Gardiner
Rehearsal Director: Gary Gardiner
Mentor: Deborah Richardson Webb
Associate Artist: Ian Johnson
Sound Designer: Zac Scott
Lighting Designer and Production Manager: Michaella Fee
Marketing, Press and Photography: Niall Walker
Lead Producer: Louise Irwin

Supported by Imaginate


24-25 February 2017, Tramway, Glasgow as part of Take Me Somewhere 2017.
21 June 2017, The Place, London.

14-26 August 2018, Summerhall, Edinburgh, as part of Made In Scotland Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

11 May 2019, Kontrapunkt Festival, Pałac Młodzieży, Szczecin., Poland.
19-20 May 2019, EUROPEAN BÜRGERBÜHNE FESTIVAL, Kleines Haus 3 Dresden, Germany.
16-19 August  2019, Taranaki Festival, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2- 6 Sept  2019, Sydney Fringe Touring Hub Headline Act, Australia.

March 2020, Battersea Arts Centre, London
April 2020, Place Des Arts, Quebec , Canada.
April/May 2020., Bibu Festival then national tour, Sweden.