Oriel Group

Oriel Group is a production house for Theatre, Film and Cabaret. Established in 2014, Oriel Group was created by company director Elise McCann to facilitate opportunities for Australian artists and creatives in bringing to life their passion projects.


Carmen, Live or Dead
Carmen, Live or Dead

In April of 2017 Oriel produced the development of the original new work Carmen, Live or Dead, written by New York writer Craig Harwood for one of Australia’s most diverse and exciting theatre and cabaret actors – Natalie Gamsu.  Carmen, Live or Dead is the fascinating and extraordinary story of Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, The fictional Love Child of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky.   Carmen is complex. She is irreverent. She is salacious. She is bold. She is intersex. And it is the last day of her life. Carmen, Live or Dead is a fascinating, edgy and entertaining story of identity and survival directed by Shaun Rennie with original music composed by  iOTA.

Carmen, Live or Dead underwent a two week development and a 6 show performance run at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne throughout April and is currently undergoing the next stage of development.  It premiered the full production in Sydney at the Hayes Theatre in April/May 2018 and is next playing at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June 2018.  For more information visit carmenliveordead.com

I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife

Oriel Group’s first independent venture was the critically acclaimed one man play I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, directed by Shaun Rennie and starring theatre and television star Ben Gerrard.  I Am My Own Wife ran a sell out season at the Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney in November/December of 2015 through which Ben was nominated in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards for Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his performance as Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf.  I Am My Own Wife opened in Melbourne in January 2017 at fortyfivedownstairs theatre as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival following which it toured to Brisbane as part of the MELT Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse from April 5th 2017.

IAMOW will be returning to QLD for a reprise season playing in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast in October 2018.  For more information visit www.iammyownwife.com.au

Everybody Loves Lucy

Elise was co-creator in association with Luckiest Productions on Everybody Loves Lucy and in pre-production on the short film The Lake selected by MetroScreen and Screen NSW for their First Breaks Program.

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