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’.
Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company (Young & Emerging Artists)
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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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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