Photo by Sarah Graham
Bullet Heart Club (BHC) are a Naarm based creative-industry duo who collaborate with multidisciplinary artists from queer, TGD (trans and gender diverse) and migrant communities to create ever-evolving cross-form projects that integrate theatre with live music, film and performance art.
Established in 2013, BHC is led by Macedonian queer theatre director Kitan Petkovski (he/him) and non-binary playwright/screenwriter Ro Bright (they/them). Together their innovative approach to cross-form theatre has seen them recognized with a Scotsman Fringe First Award (DAFFODILS) and 2x Green Room Awards (JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN).
In 2023, BHC was the first company to present the international production of BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza and host the renowned transgender playwright Jo Clifford for a Melbourne-exclusive TGD community writing workshop. In November 2023, BHC will present the Victorian premiere of IN THE CLUB by multi-award winning writer Patricia Cornelius.
BHC’s debut work Daffodils (a play with songs) received the Auckland Theatre Award (2014), Best Debut (Metro, 2014), Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Festivals (Irish Times, 2016) and the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award (2016) during its season at the Traverse Theatre. Daffodils was adapted into a feature film in 2019, screening at Busan International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival & Naples International Film Festival Florida.
"Packs a serious punch, wrapped in a bubblegum glove."
★ ★ ★ ★ (The Scotsman)
BHC’s other works are Jack Hartnett (2015), Elizabeth (2017-2018), A Strange Nostalgia (2020) and The Hall (2021) at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka, NZ.
BHC collaborators include: designers Bethany J Fellows (AU), Katie Sfetkidis (AU), Jane and Emily Hakaraia (NZ), Garth Badger and Erin Geurts (Thievery Studio, NZ), Nils Melchert (NZ), Dan Williams (NZ) and Tom Anderson (NZ); recording artists/composers Lips (Steph Brown & Fen Ikner, NZ), Pat Irwin (SUSS, Raybeats, The B-52’s, US), LHĒON (AU), Abraham Kunin (NZ), Lisa Crawley (NZ/US), Pär Hagström and Next Stop: Horizon (Sweden), Rachel Lewindon (AU) and dramaturg Caitlin Skinner (Scotland).