Gillian Cosgriff - actually, good

Mon 27 Mar to Sun 23 Apr

Gillian Cosgriff - actually, good

Gillian Cosgriff is an award-winning musical comedian, actor, writer, composer and self-confessed pessimist. In actually, good she makes her long-awaited return to the festival (after three years starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), with her hilarious original songs, killer stand-up, and a big book of things that are actually good.

In 2022 she started asking people what they like. Specifically for lists of ten likes, with number one as something they loved - something they considered to be the very best the human experience has to offer. The answers were simple and complex and hilarious and sad and beautiful. Cloves. Fancy hotel foyers. Stairs of perfectly adequate depth and length. A spontaneous mid-week pub visit. A good joke in a eulogy. When you have a crush on someone and you find out from a third party that they have enquired about you. Seeing a cow and yelling, “COW!”

Gill’s always identified as a pessimist, but only for practical reasons. Hope can be a dangerous commodity and should be rationed out like expensive perfume – just a tiny spritz for special occasions. Now it turns out she might have a secret optimist trapped inside her. Gross. This is a show about stuff you like - all the little things that make the big hard things manageable - and pointing at the bits of the world that make you want to yell, “Oh WOW! Look at this! Isn’t it GREAT?!”

“★★★★★ …her way with music and lyrics is pure genius. There’s not a single gag that doesn’t land, nor a hair out of place.” - The Herald Sun

“★★★★★ Warm, witty and engaging.” – The West Australian

“★★★★ Her stand-up is as sharp and acerbic as her brilliant lyrics. This is what happens when serious talent meets serious funny.” – The Daily Review

“She’s quite some talent, is Gillian Cosgriff…a wry imaginative wit, an accomplished musicality and a versatility in styles and emotions that make for a rich and impressive show.” – Chortle UK

“Gillian Cosgriff's turn as Moaning Myrtle is worth the ticket price alone, she is that good.” –


Monday 27 March 2023 8:30pm
Tuesday 28 March 2023 8:30pm
Wednesday 29 March 2023 8:30pm
Thursday 30 March 2023 8:30pm
Friday 31 March 2023 8:30pm
Saturday 01 April 2023 8:30pm
Sunday 02 April 2023 8:30pm
Monday 03 April 2023 8:30pm
Tuesday 04 April 2023 8:30pm
Thursday 06 April 2023 8:30pm
Friday 07 April 2023 8:30pm
Saturday 08 April 2023 8:30pm
Sunday 09 April 2023 8:30pm
Monday 10 April 2023 8:30pm
Tuesday 11 April 2023 8:30pm
Thursday 13 April 2023 8:30pm
Friday 14 April 2023 8:30pm
Saturday 15 April 2023 8:30pm
Sunday 16 April 2023 8:30pm
Monday 17 April 2023 8:30pm
Tuesday 18 April 2023 8:30pm
Thursday 20 April 2023 8:30pm
Friday 21 April 2023 8:30pm
Saturday 22 April 2023 8:30pm
Sunday 23 April 2023 8:30pm


Full $37
Concession $33
Group (6+) $30
Member $30
Tight Tuesday $30


Arrive Early

At least 30 minutes before the show. Our performances start bang on time and it takes a hot second to welcome you into the building.

Under 18s

The Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Under 18s can only attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.