15 September – 4 October
They Saw a Thylacine on the brink of extinction. Out of the darkness, Sarah Hamilton and Justine Campbell conjure the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties, the thylacine. With all the suspense of a campfire story, these feisty, funny women weave a lyrical tale of adversity and extinction.
For this thylacine tracker and this zoo keeper’s daughter, it’s a quest not just to protect a threatened creature, but themselves. Rebellious and gutsy, these women face life and fight to survive.
Following his appointment as Artistic Director of the Malthouse Theatre Company in early July (after several months spent as Acting AD following Marion Potts’ departure in March) Matthew Lutton has hit the ground running.
Last night he unveiled the company’s 2016 season, and while it still bears some of Potts’ influence, it’s very much Lutton’s own season, he told ArtsHub.
Read the full article on ArtsHub here.
11 – 29 August
A Social Service should help people, shouldn’t it?
Featuring Nicola Gunn and David Woods, this smart performance sticks its nose into the gap between rich and poor, and smells something funny. Prepare yourself for an in-your-face look at systems that claim to help the needy, but only help themselves. In a send-up of greed, status and the machinations of power, Gunn and Woods take a satirical look at the state of the public housing system, and the developers and bureaucrats who control its future.
Questioning who these safety nets are really there to benefit, A Social Service digs at a reality more concerned with replicating itself than improving the situation. When the people at the top have no understanding of ordinary worries, needs or wants, maybe their help is the kind we’d be better off without.
18 July – 9 August
I Am a Miracle is not for the timid. After 18 years on death row, Marvin Lee Wilson was executed by lethal injection. But after a 2002 Supreme Court ruling, his sub-normal IQ should have disqualified him from the death sentence. Strapped to a gurney, his final statement was a plea for recognition: ‘I am a miracle’.
Taking these words as a point of departure, playwright Declan Greene meets Wilson’s story with a work of monumental scope, spanning three continents and two hundred and forty years. In an 18th Century slave colony, a soldier is sent upriver on a suicide mission. In present-day Melbourne, a man finds himself entrapped by his carer. In Huntsville, Texas, a prisoner awaits his death. And somewhere beyond time and history, a sublime force lays a plan to rewrite the future.
Set to a transcendent choral score, I Am a Miracle depicts a world bound to the injustices of the past – crying out for intervention. Wildly careening between the epic and the intimate, this is a mind-expanding theatrical experience determined to change the course of history.
12 June – 4 July
Love and Information are profoundly human needs. But do we know too much?
In her latest hit, Caryl Churchill – arguably the world’s foremost living playwright – has created an ingeniously recognisable portrait of the modern era. With the inventiveness and currency of her signature works Top Girls and Cloud Nine, this unique new play offers glimpses into the lives of over a hundred characters.
Through a series of tantalising vignettes, eight chameleonic actors will embody more than 100 characters – a child who cannot feel pain, a man in love with a computer voice, a woman with a secret. Like a single beam of light refracted, each scene exposes a different facet of human nature.
A quick-fire play, Churchill’s Love and Information is an exhilarating experience, creating a theatrical kaleidoscope that shrewdly questions how connected we truly are in this ever-connected age
The Malthouse Theatre
23 April – 17 May
Timeshare takes Fast Forward’s comic icon Marg Downey on a trip to Paradise; a things-are-not-what-they-seem resort from the hilarious mind of writer Lally Katz (Stories I Want to Tell You in Person).
At this curious resort straddling the International Dateline, guests can claim a bonus day for free – just step back in time to the other side of the island. Directed by Oliver Butler of New York’s theatre powerhouse The Debate Society, Timeshare is loaded with Katz’s signature quirky humour, as she creates a place full of exotic temples, late night scuba diving lessons, empty infinity pools and tardy turtles.
A place where time and memory effortlessly slip away. Come on a captivating and hilarious holiday that leaves reality behind.
Malthouse, Beckett Theatre
8 April – 2 May
Meme Girls / construct their identities in real time – and demand an audience.
Experience the sort of post-gender, tongue-in-cheek spectacle that has made Ash Flanders a counter-culture hit. In Meme Girls, this pop-culture addict points his satirical sense of humour squarely at the desperate voices crying out for attention in our online neighbourhood.
Packed with the LOLs of a great cat video, this non sequitur performance embraces the YouTube world, where life is ‘click-bait’ and views, shares and likes equate to happiness. Blurring the lines between performance art, drag and cabaret, Flanders presents a love letter to the bizarre and addictive women of YouTube who / broadcast their lives to an online abyss.