Meet the passenger
Part drama, part comedy, UNDERNEATH MS ARCHER brings a 21st century woman face to face with a medieval man in a culture war that takes no prisoners.
Starring two of Melbourne’s favourite actors, Louise Siversen (House Husbands, Prisoner, Love Me, MTC Noises Off) and Peter Houghton (The Pitch, Shakespeare in Love, Killing Time), fresh from their most recent collaboration as actor and director in MTC’s hit comedy Heartbreak Choir, UNDERNEATH MS ARCHER is the laugh that you need to have and don’t want to miss.
Louise Siversen | Writer. Performer.
“Louise Siversen as Dotty Otley/Mrs Clackett may have caused an increase in insurance premiums as patron’s tonsils imploded.”
– AussieTheatre for NOISES OFF
Louise is renowned for her work over 40 years in some of Australia’s favourite Film, Theatre
and TV productions.
Regular leading roles in shows such as PRISONER, THE FLYING DOCTORS, BOOTLEG, CHANCES, EUGENIE SANDLER P.I, HIGH FLYERS, SHORTCUTS, NEIGHBOURS, STINGERS,
THE SECRET LIFE OF US, HALIFAX F.P, JANUS, BACKBERNER, HOUSE HUSBANDS, FIVE BEDROOMS, LOVE ME just to name few, has made her one of the country’s most recognisable actors- known for her stunning comedic and dramatic portrayals alike.
Amongst many award nominations Louise received a Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Glenda de Bono in JANUS for ABC TV.
Her most recent stage productions include the 2023 Green Room Award nominated ‘HEARTBREAK CHOIR’ for MTC, ‘NOISES OFF’ an MTC/QTC co-production, one woman show ‘I CAN’T EVEN’ for Malthouse Theatre with other credits for MTC including the Award winning ART AND SOUL, THE MEMORY OF WATER, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, JOY OF TEXT and many more. Later this year Louise will also be starring in HELL’S GATE for Geelong Arts Centre
Peter Houghton | Writer. Performer. Director.
“The comic genius of Peter Houghton is back on show… a terrifically funny script and a wildly entertaining performance…”
- The Age for THE CHINA INCIDENT
Peter Houghton has appeared in some of Australia’s leading television series including Network Seven’s MOLLY, The Nine Network’s GALLIPOLI and he played the iconic role of Richie Benaud in HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER’S WAR for channel 9. Other TV credits include THE WRONG KIND OF BLACK, KILLING TIME, THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, WENTWORTH, WINNERS AND LOSERS, LITTLE OBERON, STINGERS and BLUE HEELERS.
Peter has performed in or directed more than twenty productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, has directed several award winning productions for MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Black Swan, and Marriner Theatres, and most recently directed Heartbreak Choir for MTC, currently nominated for eight Victorian Green Room Awards including
He wrote THE PITCH (Malthouse Theatre, QTC, Black Swan, National Tour, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Carpenters Gallery London), THE COLOURS (MTC), A COMMERCIAL FARCE (Malthouse Theatre and National Tour), and THE CHINA INCIDENT (Malthouse Theatre,
QTC and national Tour). He has won numerous Green Room Awards for his writing, direction and performance.
Written and Performed by
Louise Siversen and Peter Houghton
Sound Design and Composition
J. David Franzke
Sophie Woodward and Jacob Battista