theatre works presents
by declan greene
30 JANUARY - 3 FEBRUARY | Explosives Factory
by declan greene
Real food, real mess and a sickly saturated design underpin our society’s complicated relationship with overindulgence of all kinds in this new staging of acclaimed theatre maker Declan Greene’s ‘Home Economics’. It is a lip-licking critique of where desire meets violence that will leave you starving for more.
This emerging team offers their take on the triptych of FLOUR, SUGAR, and TRUFFLES: a deliciously icky series of character studies. Ruthless, biting and critical but also extremely human and touching, these short works reveal the writer’s genuine fondness for his characters.
Directed by recent VCA graduate Stephanie Lee, this production will overwhelm the senses and challenge moral superiority, reminding us that humans are incredibly complex individuals.
The roll call for these pieces goes a little something like... A gay home economics teacher tempted by his 14-year-old student. A young girl bullied by two teen dreams because her teeth all rotted out from too much sugar. A sex worker paid to have dinner with a tantrum-throwing businessman.
In 2024 this work speaks to the complex interactions of power, privilege, wealth, consumption, and violence. It is ultimately in the constant balance between the uncomfortable and the enjoyable, where the audience will find themselves for this rollercoaster of a work.
Rear Laneway 67 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
This performance contains discussions of paedophilia, strong language including slurs, depictions of violence, depiction of a sexual act, haze effects, strobe-like effects, smoking of herbal cigarettes, drug references.
Explosives Factory is accessed via a flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.
DATES + TIMES
Tuesday 30 January - 7:30pm
Wednesday 31 January - 7:30pm
Thursday 1 February - 7:30pm
Friday 2 February - 7:30pm
Saturday 3 February - 7:30pm
Theatre Works has a lockout policy for latecomers. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you don't miss out.
Refunds will not be issued to latecomers.
20 at $20**
*Seniors, Student, MEAA, Health Care and Low Income card holders
**Limited to 20 tickets per performance
Theatre Works has been long established as the south-side festival hub in Melbourne.
Theatre Works’ MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL HUB will be buzzing with 8 ground-breaking shows across 2 performance spaces. A truly queer program that embraces and celebrates the whole rainbow community.
Jackie van Lierop
MEET THE ARTIST -
Steph (she/her) is an emerging queer feminist director and stage manager who just graduated with a Masters of Theatre Directing from the VCA. In 2022 Steph directed and co-wrote GRAA Nominated A Zoom Group Project: The Musical (The Butterfly Club), which was also re-written and staged for Melbourne Fringe 2023 (The MC Showroom). She recently directed Home Economics by Declan Greene to a sold out 3 day season for her graduation show (VCA Marten Myer Arena). In the last year she has interned on Looking For Alibrandi at Malthouse (dir. Stephen Nicolazzo), and Wolf Play at Red Stitch (dir. Isabella Vadiveloo).