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New Writing, New Reading

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Over the last six months a bunch of us have been developing new work as part of a development project kick-started by MTC’s Associate Director Aidan Fennessy.

We’re now at the stage where we are going to be showing our work in a series of public readings at the Lawler Studio.

The pieces are eclectic, original, and unlike anything you will have seen on Melbourne stages this year.  They range from evocative to Pinteresque, magical realist to politically incisive, comedic and absurd to darkly horrific.  There should be, without doubt, something in there for the whole family.

The three readings (all @ 7pm) are:

  • Wed 11 November is Elise Hearst & Sam Strong’s The Sea Project
  • Thu 12 November is Amelia Roper & Naomi Edwards’ Hong Kong Dinosaur
  • Fri 13 November is Declan Greene & myself with Pretty Baby.

Come along, have a glass of wine with us, and tell us what you think of the work.  We’d really love to hear it.

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Melburnalia No.2

Melburnalia #2 Cast

The talented ensemble who will perform 25 roles over the 5 plays: (from left) Margot Fenley, Grant Foulkes, Shane Lee, Brian Andy, Shireen Morris and Fanny Hanusin.

Melburnalia No. 2, the much anticipated companion piece to Melburnalia (2007), opens for a three-week season on 22 May at fortyfivedownstairs. The show, directed by David Mence (Macbeth Re-Arisen, Melburnalia, AD on MTC’s Blackbird and BSC’s Othello), is comprised of five 20-minute pieces specially commissioned and dramaturged by the company with the interlinking theme of ‘tramways’. The result is a fascinating journey that will take audiences through the decades, over the fences, under the awnings and into the collective psyche of our city. 

Come on board (remember to validate!) for a rattling, screeching, ding-ding-dinging ride through history to the mythical suburb of ‘Birrarung’ (river of mists) at the heart of the town, where ancient warriors and lost icons dance in the dusty ballroom of Flinders Street Station. Stay on through Maribyrnong, where exiles wait anxiously on both sides of high walls. Zip through Caulfield, where the pressures of parenthood create  New Year’s Eve strife for some childish Gen Xers. Charge up to Preston where muddy piggeries abounded before the smug gentry moved in, then disembark at Mentone, home to a superb symphony of suburban sounds.  

Written by: columnist Danny Katz (beloved writer for The Age, author of Spit the Dummy, Dork Geek Jew); playwright Kit Lazaroo (Wal Cherry Award winner for Asylum, Letters from Animals); Koori writer/director Andrea James (Yanagai Yanagai); author Hoa Pham (Vixen, 49 Ghosts, Silence) and writer/director Aidan Fennessey (Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee, Big Noise). 

Produced by Kelly Farrow, dramaturged by Melanie Beddie. 

Showing at:
fortyfivedownstairs      
45 Flinders Lane              

Bookings: 9662 9966 or www.fortyfivedownstairs.com 
$26 (full) $20 (concession) $15 (preview 20-21 May) 

Dates:
8pm: 20-23, 27-30 May, 3-6 June
5.30pm: 24, 31 May, 7 June    

For further information, contact kelly [@ no spam ] whitewhaletheatre [ . no spam ] com or drop us a comment or a Tweet (we’re catching up with the times).

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