From circus to dance to feminist musical theatre to dissections of masculinity to experimental performance art to ten minute quickies, Theatre Works have an abundance of innovative and exciting shows to choose from this Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Kilter – One Fell Swoop
September 11 – 6
Using nine metre arcs of rolled steel, Kilter is circus on the knife-edge of equilibrium. This new work from acclaimed One Fell Swoop Circus features never-before-seen apparatus, award winning acrobatics and live music performed by Melbourne’s violinist beatsmith, ORCHA.
The Five Elements – JMC Dance Lab
September 12 – 16
Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, known as Wuxing, are the basic elements making up how the Chinese traditionally understand the world. What happens when the traditional belief of Wuxing meets contemporary dance?
Quickies – Theatre Works
Open to writers, wordsmiths and theatre makers, Quickies invites you to read through an excerpt from a script or play that you are writing. Read alone and let your words do the talking, or enlist the help of actors to embody your characters. Whatever you decide, the stage is yours. But only for 10 minutes!
Ross & Rachel – Spinning Plates
September 18 – 23
A two-person dialogue performed by one, Ross & Rachel picks up ten years after the TV show ends, delving inside a marriage and pulling out its remnants to answer the question: what happens after the end, after you find “The One”?
Our Carnal Heart – Rachel Mars
September 20 -23
With a raucous chorus of original music, award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and three belting female singers bring you a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy. Part symphony, part exorcism, Our Carnal Hearts is a thrilling celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over.
Warriors – Dramatic Pause
September 25 – 30
In Zordana’s land, a hero fights bravely against evil foes. In Amy’s world, her hero is the sister who takes care of her. For Maddie, her hero is her brother. As tragedy threatens to consume their separate worlds, only by coming together can they battle the dark. An exploration into the minds of five different young people.
Dead Weight – Rough Conduct
September 25 – 27
Step into the pit with Rough Conduct, an immersive world of visual and physical performance that interrogates how we tend to our personal baggage and questions the burdens we claim to bare.
One Punch Wonder – The Actors’ Hub
September 25 – 27
How much damage does one punch really do? One Punch Wonder pulls up the page and puts the culture of toxic masculinity under a microscope, looking into the coward’s punch from all angles, it asks us: How are we raising our boys?
Pilepileta – Sheree Stewart
September 25 – 30
Pilepileta (Wemba Wemba language meaning “to shine, glitter”) is the unapologetic and raw accounts of what it was like to grow up as a queer Aboriginal woman in a small town built on racism and homophobia. Emerging queer Aboriginal artist, Sheree Stewart, rips open her entire universe in the world premiere of her one-woman show.
Ascent – Citizen Theatre
September 28 – 30
Ascent tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death. In her quest to feel forever fresh and live up to others’ and her own expectations of how she ought to be, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, ranging from haircuts to facelifts and more invasive procedures. Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.
Kill Ken – Live Music Event
A night of live music featuring legends of the Melbourne queer music scene: Barbies Dead, Arcane, Franz Tram, Women In Uniform, Tigress and Mariah’s Dead. Performers include Kylie Brickhill, Anna Tiriotta, Sophie Masters, Vicki Guglielmo, the Blow Waves and more.