Fraught Outfit is a Naarm (Melbourne) based independent theatre company, launched in 2010 by Artistic Director Adena Jacobs.

The company was established in 2010 with its production of ELEKTRA, translated by Anne Carson. In 2012 Fraught Outfit premiered Ingmar Bergman's PERSONA at Theatre Works, remounted by Malthouse and Belvoir the following year.

In recent years Fraught Outfit has presented its acclaimed 'Innocence Trilogy,' a series of works created with ensembles of young performers for adult audiences. The trilogy included ON THE BODILY EDUCATION OF YOUNG GIRLS, inspired by Frank Wedekind's 1903 novella, as part of MTC's Neon: Festival of Independent Theatre (2013), THE BACCHAE, a co-production between St Martins and Fraught Outfit, presented by Melbourne Festival, St Martins and Theatre Works as part of MIAF (2015), and at Dark MOFO (2016) and BOOK OF EXODUS - PARTS I & II at Theatre Works (2017).

Fraught Outfit is collaborating on Kamila Andini and Ida Ayu Wayan Arya Satyani's THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN, produced by Performing Lines in conjunction with Fourcolours Films, Komunitas Bumi Bajra and Komunitas Salihara. THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN was co-commisioned by Esplanade and Asia TOPA and presented in February 2020.

Fraught Outfit's work has been nominated for numerous awards. In 2012 their production of PERSONA received 5 Green Room Awards, including Best Independent Production. THE BACCHAE was recently nominated for 6 Green Room Awards, including Best Independent Production, Best Ensemble and Best Direction.


Fraught Outfit is the proud recipient of a Sidney Myer Capacity Building Grant.


Adena Jacobs is the artistic director of independent company Fraught Outfit. In 2014-15 she was Resident Director at Belvoir, and in 2012 she was Female Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre. Adena has presented her work internationally at the English National Opera in London and at Tokyo Festival. In April 2022, her production of DIE TROERINNEN (TROJAN WOMEN) will premiere at Vienna's Burgtheatre.

Directing credits include TITUS ANDRONICUS (Bell Shakespeare/Sydney Opera House), SALOME (English National Opera), THE HOWLING GIRLS (Sydney Chamber Opera/Carriageworks, Tokyo Festival World Competition), BOOK OF EXODUS - PART I & II (Theatre Works), THE BACCHAE (Melbourne International Arts Festival, Dark MOFO), ANTIGONE (Malthouse Theatre), WIZARD OF OZ (Belvoir), OEDIPUS REX (Belvoir), HEDDA GABLER (Belvoir), EXIL (Sydney Chamber Opera/Carriageworks), PERSONA (Theatre Works, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir), ON THE BODILY EDUCATION OF YOUNG GIRLS (Neon/Melbourne Theatre Company), ELEKTRA (The Dog Theatre), THE CITY (Red Stitch), THIS IS FOR YOU (La Mama) and CLEANSED (Studio45/VCA).​

As a dramaturgue - THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN directed by Kamila Andini (Salihara, Jakarta/The Esplanade, Singapore/AsiaTOPA Festival, Melbourne), THE DARK CHORUS (Lucy Guerin Inc/Melbourne International Arts Festival), RE-MAKE (Melanie Lane/Chunky Move), Nick Coyle's BLUE WIZARD (Belvoir), and as associate artist on Jada Albert's Brother's Wreck (Malthouse Theatre).

Adena graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (honours) from Melbourne University (2004), and a Masters of Theatre Practice from VCA (2008) where she received the Yvonne Taylor scholarship for a female director. In 2011, Adena was awarded the Melbourne International Arts Festival’s Harold Mitchell Fellowship and the George Fairfax Memorial Award in 2018.


Adena's work has been nominated for numerous awards including Green Room, Sydney Theatre Awards, FBI SMAC and Helpmanns. Adena Jacobs' and Damien Ricketson's THE HOWLING GIRLS was awarded the prestigious Music Theatre NOW prize presented by the Music Theatre NOW Network and ITI, the Award for Outstanding (Sound Design) at Tokyo Festival World Competition and Best Vocal/Choral Work by APRA AMCOS at the 2019 Art Music Awards.