Rachel Berger - Australian Comedian 

"She is one of the sharpest comedians of either gender or hemisphere." - The List, Scotland

Hold the Pickle

The Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre September 2011


Hold The Pickle is a complete departure from my previous work. I have extended my professional practice by developing skills (the power of stillness and conviction), and knowledge and abilities (carefully detailed story-telling). It has been a revelatory experience that has enabled me to discover through physical story-telling, the characters of my life and the immigrant experience of 1960s and 1970s Melbourne, giving them a more authentic voice. At a time when there is more migration and shifting of people since the 2nd World War, through war, famine, drought or simply to try to make a better life, I wanted to deliver a play about resilience and survival and the fact that you can’t always control what happens to you in life, but you can control what you will feel and do about what happens to you. Hold The Pickle premiered at La Mama in Melbourne in June 2008 for 10 shows. (sold out)

In November 2008 a season of 7 shows at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne in a 100 seater (sold out)

In June 2009 a season of 13 shows at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne in a 240 seater (sold out)

In APRIL 2009 Hold The Pickle was nominated for 3 Green Room Awards including Best Female Performer and Best New Writing.

Jewish News Article 05/06/09 (673Kb PDF)