Chameleon is a true insight into dating, fitness and the dreaded high school reunion doubling as free therapy for all.

This hilarious, emotionally charged, one-woman cabaret has a relatable moment for everyone! A sweet yet very real insight into dating, fitness and the dreaded high school reunion will double as a great night out and free therapy for all. Come on a wild ride deep into the twisted rabbit hole of the human psyche. Chameleon brilliantly portrays a new point of view of the norms of mental illness through heartfelt stories of a woman’s journey to mental wellness. With original music from the world of the blues, Chameleon packs a healthy dose of funny for the mind, body and soul.

This show tells the story of Alexandra, played by Karen Lee Roberts (who has a lived experience), working through multiple situations every day towards finding clarity. Mr Sunshine, aka Dr Jeff Usher (a vision-impaired jazz-blues legend), is her guiding light on piano.

Chameleon is not just for those challenged by mental health issues, it is for all people in the community. Each person out there has a friend, a family member, or a little part of themselves that identifies. It is entertaining, educating and great fun for a mature audience.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

Performance contains adult content (moderate sex scene), 15+ rated language, self-harm and suicide done in a delicate manner which may be confronting to some. The script uses humour and viewers will evoke a range of emotional experiences from sadness, frustration, laughter, empathy and shock. the staging is easily adaptable for very small spaces for keyboard player and actor. Props include a chair and the show needs simple lighting and 2 mics.

This a small company created for the purposes of putting on my cabaret, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. It was started by Karen Lee Roberts and Sarah Gall during the Anywhere Theatre Festival, when the show was performed during this. It is now staging the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Unique Selling Point

Chameleon explores the life of Alexandra who takes us into a journey of her mental health through topics such as relationships to self and others. It is a revealing play by Karen Lee Roberts who self identifies with a lived experience of mental illness alongside her accompanist Jeff Usher, a blind jazz musician.

Marketing Materials

We will provide posters / flyers and social media postings with promo images. We have reviews from The Queensland Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival and a season at Room to Play, plus YouTube and Vimeo footage.

Community Engagement

Chameleon opens up conversations on vital issues about experiences of mental health and illness. I will provide a survey pre and post show to determine the impact on starting conversations with family and colleagues, and how the show has created positive attitudinal shifts towards people with mental illness and those who experience mental illness, a relatable, revealing insight into someone else’s journey and the opportunity to reflect on their own journey towards wellness. I will report on these findings post-tour on various online platforms and seek opportunities to present keynote speeches on the use of theatre to open conversations on mental health, illness and recovery, often not spoken about, discussed or generally understood.