2018 Season Program
By Stephen Sewell & Zebastian Hunter
Existentialist drama collides with circus as four characters engage in a desperate struggle for happiness, all weighed down by the dilemmas of modern life.
BY ZACHARY DUNBAR
A riotous, queered-up version of one of the greatest Greek tragedies, Sophocles’ Antigone, comes crashing on the shores of St. Kilda and into Theatre Works.
By Ranters Theatre and Creative VaQi (KR)
Experience Theatre Works through new eyes in this intimate live art experience.
Concept and Direction: Nana Biluš Abaffy
One Hundred and Three: International Society for the Creatively Maladjusted has been supported by Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival, Creative Victoria and Zagreb Dance Center.
BY HANNIE RAYSON
HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! is a funny, big-hearted, one-woman show performed by one of Australia’s best-loved playwrights. Based on her best-selling memoir, HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! brings you a 60-minutes piece of Hannie Rayson’s sublime comic storytelling – true stories from an adventurous life, spiced with wit, tenderness, social observation and intimacy.
BY DOUGLAS RINTOUL
Some stories are more powerful than others. He’s worried his isn’t powerful enough.
BY CONOR MCDERMOTTROE
SWANSONG is the story of a lost soul from one of the masters of Irish drama.
By Oscar Wilde
Some kill their love when they are young, and some when they are old; some strangle with the hands of lust, some with the hands of gold: THE KINDEST USE A KNIFE, because THE DEAD SO SOON GROW COLD.
By Robert Lepage & Marie Brassard
In this era of Post-Truth Politics, does lying need to be disguised anymore? Is the notion of truth a reality or only a perception? In POLYGRAPH, truth is on trial just as it is in our current political landscape.
A CHAMBER MADE WORK
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY SAMARA HERSCH
A Theatre Works Extra Event
Presented in cabaret style, The City of Lost Souls is a celebration, a remembering and a homage to the ghosts of our past — people, places, histories, objects, geographies and more! Come along on a ghost-train ride through the haunts of St Kilda. Featuring professional artists and two community choirs (women and teenagers).
A Theatre Works Extra Event
Told in five scenes, by two extraordinary performers: Melbourne’s Dimity Shepherd and Adelaide’s Desiree Frahn, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s intimate one-act opera deals with the ravages of spousal abuse – the fall-out after Anne (Dimity) rescues Stephanie (Desiree) from her violent marriage. Stephanie has written down her story as part of her rehab., and sent a copy to Anne. Anne struggles to deal with the fact that it was her own son Peter who almost beat Stephanie to death.
A THEATRE WORKS FUNDRAISER
We would love for you to join us for Abundance 2018, a night of entertainment and gourmet food – all in support of Theatre Works.
By Curious Directive
At the crossroads of contemporary performance and cutting-edge tech, Frogman is a coming-of-age thriller exploring the fragility of the childhood imagination. Frogman will sweep you up in its wake with pioneering integration of live performance and the 1995 storyline in an immersive 360 degree VR environment.
By James Jackson and Lindsay Templeton
It’s the end of the world sale – all things reduced to clear – time to take stock of what we have and flog it till it stops breathing.
Featuring Hannie Rayson, Andrew Bovell and Joanna Murray-Smith
A candid, humourous and insightful afternoon with three prolific storytellers, Writers’ Room with Hannie is a rare opportunity to hear the wisdom of writers as they step out from behind the page.
BY THE DANGER ENSEMBLE
The HAMLET APOCALYPSE is a dystopia of the now generation, a silent party, a desperate plea, a rambunctious prayer.
By Travis Cotton
Theatre Works and Hot Mess Productions are proud to present80 MINUTES NO INTERVAL – a short and sharp black comedy with a big impact and a running time only as long as the title suggests.
This hilarious self-referential play follows Louis, a failing novelist, which wouldn’t be the case if he’d stop messing with tense and obscuring narrative. Join us for the ride as he stumbles his way through life, love, and theatre.