Breaking ankles and egos

The Shammgods are Matt Prest, Nitin Vengurlekar and Malcolm Whittaker.

Taking their name from 90s NBA star 'God Shammgod', famous for his footwork and dribbling skills, Shammgods involves three performers attempting to become gods on stage, only to butt up against the reality of their limitations and find unexpected means of transcending them.


MATT PREST is a performer and director with over 10 year’s experience working across performance, theatre and live-art. Matt’s consistent focus is on the experiential nature of live performance. He holds a BFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation and has trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. Matt's work includes THE TENT, HOLE IN THE WALL (with Clare Britton), WHELPING BOX (with Branch Nebula), RUNNING UP A SKYSCRAPER, and THE QUEEN ST. RUN. His work has been recognised with a Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre (Whelping Box 2014), and a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council (2012). He was artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York, 2016, and since 2016 he has also been a theatre fellow at the University of Wollongong.

NITIN VENGURLEKAR is a writer and performer from Bankstown who works across the fields of contemporary performance and alternative comedy. He has performed his stories, poems and short comic pieces at various literary and alternative comedy events around Sydney, including Club Cab Sav, Parramasala, Sydney Writer’s Festival, Secret Garden Festival, Penguin Plays Rough and Fabulous Monster. In 2015 he presented his full-length nonsense epic Neville Umbrellaman as part of Bondi Feast, and a collection of his work in The Neville Umbrellaman Variety Hour Featuring Freddy Nietzsche’s Good Time Skiffle Quintet as part of the City of Sydney’s Late Night Library program. He also wrote material for and performed in Nitro Theatre/Bankstown Arts Centre’s large-scale community productions of The Prophet: Remix (November 2015) and The Night Sky (November 2016), directed by Felix Cross. His most recent performances include The Big Day (2016), a staged wedding at Giant Dwarf, and Another Day in Paradise (2017), a reading accompanying an exhibition of Myuran Sukumaran’s art works at Campbelltown Arts Centre. He recently completed his PhD at the University of NSW for his thesis ‘The Choreography of the Gaze: Looking Back at Spectators in Works by Pina Bausch and Jacques Tati’.

MALCOLM WHITTAKER works as an artist, writer, researcher, performer, producer and teacher. He does this in solo pursuits and in collaborations with other artists and non-artists. His work as an artist is mostly made and executed through the engagement of participants and collaborators in the framing of play spaces that adopt social forms and rituals from popular culture and the everyday. His projects have taken the form of theatre and gallery situations, site-specific and public interventions, performance lectures, film shoots, phone calls, support groups, radio programs, elevator rides, teeth-brushing services, walks in the park, games of chess, gift shops, handshakes, newspapers, letters in the mail, digging holes in the dirt and the borrowing of books from the library. He has made and presented work extensively across Australia, as well as in the UK, Finland and Europe. Malcolm recently completed his PhD at The University of Wollongong, where he also works as a sessional teacher of art theory and practice. He is currently a member of the Artistic Directorate of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

  • Friday 14 Jan @ 7pm & 9pm
  • Saturday 15 Jan @ 7pm & 9pm

Car: On-street metered parking around the venue.
Bus: Oxford Street 2 minute walk (333, 373, 399, 392, 394 and M10 buses).
Train: Museum Train Station 10-minute walk.


To assist us in allocating seats in the theatre due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, group bookings should consider purchasing tickets in a single transaction so we are aware you intend to sit together as a group (1.5ms apart from other guests/groups).


The Flying Nun have partnered with local bar BITTER PHEW to curate your pre-show experience in Darlinghurst. Add "Bitter Phew Reservation" to your ticket purchase (below in Extras) to secure a seat and a drink of choice one-hour prior to the commencement of the show. The Bitter Phew is located on Oxford Street and is a 2 minute walk from The Flying Nun.


PLEASE NOTE: Face-masks are mandatory in all indoor venues across Sydney. Free disposable masks will be available at box office, but to lessen our impact on the environment, please bring one with you. We consider the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff our highest priority. In response to COVID-19, we ask you to:

  • Stay home if you feel unwell (no cancellation fees apply).
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5ms from others.
  • Sanitise your hands and register your attendance on entry.
  • Switch the COVIDSafe app to “flight mode” with Bluetooth activated.
  • When shown your allocated seat, stay in your allocated seat.
  • At the end of the show, leave the venue when instructed by staff.

What we are doing to ensure you are COVIDSafe at The Flying Nun:

  • Capping our audience at 30 people per show.
  • Ensuring that artists and staff are well before they start work.
  • Sanitising all furniture and touchpoints prior to each opening.
  • Reducing the size of our foyer bar to deter loitering.
  • Reconfiguring our venue to manage physical distancing.
  • Ensuring a 4m distance between stage and the audience.

You can request a copy of our COVID-Safe Plan is available for review via email to: [email protected]


Brand X is happy to exchange your purchased tickets for another night within the same shows season (Friday or Saturday). We are also happy to refund your tickets if you are no longer able to attend (minus transaction fees of 1.75% + 30c) if you feel unwell and need to stay home due to COVID-19. Please contact us via the email on your receipt to arrange a refund prior to the commencement of the show.

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