The audience for Out Damn Snot is broad.
"It's for anyone who's ever picked their nose, really," says Nick Skubij, one of the co-creators and stars of the gross-out comedy, opening Tuesday night at La Boite Theatre.
Nonetheless, the Shake & Stir co-production, loosely inspired by Shakespeare and set in a giant pool of green slime, will be best appreciated by children.
The company was established in 2006, and Skubij says its mission is to create work that's fun, accessible and, above all, not patronising.
"The theatre we saw as kids growing up kind of spoke down to children," he says.
"We wanted to create stuff that was going to be appropriate, but [that] challenged them a little bit more, and assumed they're not as silly as some people think they are."
Set inside a nose, the production gives kids permission to laugh at taboo topics.
"Picking your nose, snot, sneezing, being silly and grubby and slopping around in mud – all those things you do as a kid and love and laugh at, that's what we wanted to present."
Fellow creator Nelle Lee says Shakespeare's magical characters, such as mischievous Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth's three witches, provided the fodder for workshopping the show.
"We focus on characters, then look at how they can fit within a storyline," she says.
Out Damn Snot sees friends Mackenzie (Amy Ingram) and Kim (Lee) try to turn Mackenzie's annoying little brother Heath (Skubij) into a girl using a magic spell. But when he sneezes in the cauldron, the trio is transported into Heath's nasal cavities.
There they meet the Booger Bum Fairy (Leon Cain), who issues them with a quest: visit the three gatekeepers of the nose and learn the moves to the Booger Bum Fairy dance. Only once they've mastered it can they escape their nostril peril.
"The best children's books and movies involve them going on quests and adventures," says Lee. "And as a kid, you were just looking for adventures to go on."
Shake & Stir runs a training program for under 12s across Brisbane that aims to instil young minds with a love of the Bard.
"We try to lay the foundation so hopefully later in life they associate Shakespeare with a fun experience," says Skubij. "It's grotty family fun."
That also helps parents who might not have enjoyed their high school days reciting sonnets and soliloquies.
The La Boite space is dominated by a giant pool of green slime for the show, reserved for the actors only. (When asked if kids get slimed, the cast reply "not intentionally".)
Skubij says there are also bubbles, lasers, lights and other theatrical tricks to inspire the imagination.
"That's the magic of theatre, it can take you to faraway lands – or inside a nose."
Out Damn Snot plays until January 19, with sessions at 10am and 2pm through the holidays. Tickets available through the La Boite website.