Lower the Bar


Lower the Bar peered into what we hold dear and what we let slip down the cracks of our sofa without bothering to vacuum for a month … or two … or four. This show tackled dating, self-image, family, ambition and work ethic during COVID-19.

Learning to pivot and reframe our standards and expectations has had its challenges, such as participating in Passover Seder over FaceTime, Pilates classes over zoom and sex over Skype. Sarah and Kyle wrestled with the difficult, heartbreaking, frustrating and often hilarious realities of this fractured existence we find ourselves living in. There is a blind nature of stumbling through these experiences without an end date in sight.

Fresh from sold out Darwin Festival shows, Sarah Reuben and Kyle Walmsley brought their original brand of sketch comedy for the millennial experience.

Jo Laverty, ABC Darwin interview with Sarah Reuben and Kyle Walmsley

Cast & crew

Sarah Reuben, Co-creator and Performer, is a Darwin-based theatre maker, performer and producer. Reuben’s stage credits include a national tour of ‘The Hurting Game’ for Brainstorm Productions, ‘The Musicians’ for ATYP and ‘The Laramie Project’ for Black Swan State Theatre Company. For her own theatre company, Ruby Gaytime Productions, she has written four theatre shows and is currently funded to write a new web series, ‘Unchartered Territory’. Sarah co-created ‘I’ll Tell you in Person’, which had seasons at both Darwin and Perth Festivals and is also co-creator and performer with the nationally touring show ‘Shania Choir’. In 2020 Reuban was awarded the NT Literary Award for her new play, ‘When The Clock Strikes Two’.

Kyle Walmsley, Co-creator and Performer, is a director, performer and theatre maker. He has worked for many companies around Australia such as Queensland Arts Council / Arts Link, Brown’s Mart Theatre, Darwin Festival, Polyglot Theatre and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Walmsley was the Associate Artist at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus from 2017– 2018 and is currently the Artistic Program Manager for Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. He was a national finalist in ABC’s Raw Comedy Competition and state finalist in Green Faces Comedy Competition.


Gove Arts Theatre

Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre

Katherine, Northern Territory

Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs, Northern Territory


Erica McCalman

Acting Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801


08 8941 1444