Tracy Crisp

writer and funeral celebrant

I’m a writer and funeral celebrant living by the beach in Adelaide.

My second novel, Surrogate, has just been published by Wakefield Press. Surrogate is an unflinching depiction of the issues around motherhood both past and present. A dark but sensual novel of sexuality, fertility and the fragility of love.

Following my solo show, Pearls at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe I will be staging my new show The Forgettory at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. 

I am also an independent funeral celebrant. You can read more about my celebrancy under the ‘funeral celebrant’ tab at the top of this website, or at my dedicated funeral celebrancy website over here.

By tracy crisp


Good mothers don’t give up their babies … do they?

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O’Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled.

Surrogate is a powerful story, beautifully told

Other Books and Shows

Black Dust Dancing

Heidi knows there is something wrong with her son, but she is young and inexperienced and doesn’t know where to get help. Caro, her doctor and sister-in-law, has moved to the town looking for a way to redeem herself after the death of her husband. Heidi and Caro are separated by age, but share a restless yearning. Together they discover that the place they love is making their children sick.


In the search for a string of pearls, a daughter travels to her abandoned childhood home and a mother travels from Port Pirie to Paris without ever leaving Australia. Family relics abound: ashtrays, a Princess Diana jigsaw, a commode used as a table. Memories are ignited then questioned. And still the pearls cannot be found. Family fractures deepen until finally a heartbreaking, but healing truth is revealed. Combining theatre and storytelling this is a story that will make you laugh, then cry, then laugh again.

The Forgettory

My forthcoming show (watch this space)

Funeral Celebrancy


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Memorial Services

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In which I wonder who I even am