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PRETTY BABY

Metamorhosis Pist

PRETTY BABY

written by Declan Greene
dramaturged by David Mence

When Mrs. Somers awoke one morning from troubled dreams, she found herself transformed into a monstrous woman.

A housewife, for no particular reason, begins to find herself indescribably revolting. To escape her body, she consults a plastic surgeon and undergoes a series of massive physical transformations – slowly evolving into something truly monstrous.  PRETTY BABY is a surreal high-speed mash-up of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the ‘body horror’ of David Cronenberg, and silver-screen Monster movies, satirising contemporary constructions of femininity and incising into the ‘female grotesque’.

CAST:
Anne Browning
Georgina Capper
Francis Greenslade
Peter Houghton

Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company (Young & Emerging Artists)

Developed by:
Brooke Antulov
Ash Flanders
Chloe Gordon
Ben McEwing

TICKETS: Full $10 / Conc/Under 30s $5
BOOK: In person at the MTC Theatre Box Office, call 03 8688 0888 or pay at the door
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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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Blazer and Jeans Revival

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I know that many of you already know about our recent article in the Age.

But we felt it was important to point out that the photograph taken of David (see below) is part of a wider, more significant social movement, above and beyond Melbourne theatre.

The blazer and jeans look is back!  And this time it’s here to stay!

The Preston Tram Depot - Where Connex rests

The Preston Tram Depot - Where Connex rests

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Melburnalia No. 2 on PBS Radio

Andrea James and I were on PBS the other night having a chat about Melburnalia No. 2 with the inimitable Fiona Gruber.

It’s worth a listen if you’ve got 10 minutes and are keen for some good verbal blather.

Check it out @ PBS Website.

You have to sign up I think (it’s free though) and then you go to “Listen Now” and choose “Radio on Demand” and the program is called “The Opening” 7pm Tuesday nights (12 May).

According to the interview Geoffrey Rush stars in the show…which is entirely true.

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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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