What is LadyNerd?

“a brassy cabaret ode to the women who bucked convention and made a difference… delivered with gumption and sass… ****½” – The West Australian

“LadyNerd is a shining example of cabaret done right… Fun, fresh, laugh-out-loud humour… a rollicking show” – Aussie Theatre

 “a superb piece of cabaret… fascinating and funny” – Glam Adelaide

“sparkly demeanour… smart and sexy” – Edinburgh Fringe Review

Read more reviews on the LadyNerd PRESS page.

Packed with OMG facts, LadyNerd is an award-winning, sold-out musical comedy that celebrates history’s finest brainiacs. Amazing true stories and intriguing real-life characters interface with quirky rants and inventive songs – some old, some new, all in the key of nerd.

LadyNerd sees performer and lifelong nerd Keira Daley ([title of show], Triassic Parq) join forces with musical director and piano nerd Mark Chamberlain (Jersey BoysStrictly Ballroom, Ghost), in a toe-tapping and unashamedly brainy revelry.

Long, long ago… the nerd emerged as a pop-cultural (and playground) punching bag. Now, with “geek chic”, it’s a marketing vehicle used to sell gadgets and copy paper. But nerd in its purest form is a much bigger deal – a nerdy state of mind can be inventive, powerful, and a little bit adorkable. And so, employing music and a dash of time-travel, LadyNerd sets out with one simple task: To reclaim nerd.

Be inspired by true tales of ingenuity, tenacity, and a stubborn love of being right.

WINNER: Sydney Fringe 2011 Award for Excellence



staged in 6 cities
(Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Edinburgh)

across 2 continents
(okay, one of those is Australia)

featuring 15 historical LadyNerds
(at least!)

performed 52 times to date!
(and people liked it! Find out how much on the LadyNerd PRESS page)

WATCH: More videos…


LISTEN: A trailer for Florence Nightingale, the action-adventure epic…



Written & performed by: Keira Daley

Musical director & accompanist: Mark Chamberlain

Dramaturgy & additional writing: Peter Lead

Director: Jay James-Moody

Sound design: Jessica Burns

Additional voice-overs: Blake Erickson, Beth Daly, Jay James-Moody, Peter Lead

Camera operation: Luke Erickson