12 – 22 May 2021

2020 REPROGRAM

Unity is harmoniosity.

One of Melbourne’s most innovative independent theatre companies, Citizen Theatre, return with their latest bold offering. Mara KORPER is a feminist sci-fi spectacle that follows in the footsteps of dystopian classics such as Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and 1984. In true Citizen Theatre style, Mara KORPER interrogates the zeitgeist through a feminist lens, echoing and challenging those who came before.

Mara KORPER is set in a futuristic, dystopian world where gender is obsolete, the flesh must remain whole, and bodies are owned by the government. This brilliant and terrifying new theatrical work explores themes of extremism, corruption, gender and body image. Mara KORPER is staged in a non-traditional way, seating audiences in the round in private perspex boxes. Fusing the latest sound technology with absurdist expressionism, Mara KORPER is truly on the cutting edge of experimental feminist theatre.

"Mara KORPER is challenging, thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable. And possibly the smartest theatre you’ll see all year."
WITNESS PERFORMANCE

"One of the most bizarre and compelling dystopias ever to take the stage."
THE AGE

"Citizen Theatre are a force to be reckoned with."
THEATRE PRESS

"Mara KORPER is a thoughtful, experimental, and, importantly, fun dystopian play that couldn’t have opened at a better time."
★★★★ BEAT MAGAZINE

DURATION
170 Minutes + Interval

WARNINGS (12+)
Smoke Machine | Haze Machine | Loud Noises

Written & Directed by
JAYDE KIRCHERT
Composer
ANTHONY LYONS
Music Director
IMOGEN CYGLER
Designer, Producer & Photographer
STU BROWN
Lighting Designer
CLARE SPRINGETT
Costume Designer
AISLINN NAUGHTON
Assistant Director and Associate Producer
STEPH CLARE-COVER
Theatre Works Production Associate
KATE SPEAKMAN
Stage Manager
TERI STEER
Performed by
JORDAN BARR, EMILY CARR, KAYLA HAMILL, ASHA KHAMIS, ERIN MCINTOSH, FREYA PRAGT, URSULA SEARLE, SHAMITA SIVA

Theatre Works & Citizen Theatre present

Mara KORPER

By Jayde Kirchert