What better way to escape Melbourne’s erratic weather conditions than a trip to the theatre? The answer, clearly, is THREE trips to the theatre – so if you're up for retreating to the city and getting some culture to boot, look no further than the competition that we're running in partnership with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
One winner will receive a three-play subscription package, which includes double passes to previews of three of MTC's Season 2020 productions – shows which have already caused waves overseas and are expected to have a similar impact on the zeitgeist here.
First up is Fun Home, a musical adaptation of the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel (yes, she of the Bechdel Test). The play has been a huge success in the US, winning five Tony Awards, and this is its Australian premiere. The story is based on Bechdel's own life, moving between the experiences of her teenage and present-day self, as it explores her complicated relationship with her father, as well as her own sexual awakening. The Australian cast includes Lisa McCune, Lucy Maunder, Ryan Gonzalez, Maggie McKenna and Adam Murphy, and is directed by Dean Bryant.
It's followed by Sam Shepard's masterpiece of sibling rivalry and mutual envy, True West. The play has been a magnet for distinguished actors over the years, with various productions featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Ethan Hawke, John Malkovich, James Belushi, Gary Sinise, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly; this version continues that tradition with the casting of local actors Stephen Curry (The Castle) and Josh McConville (Golden Shield).
And finally, for good measure, there's some Shakespeare – specifically, the Bard's classic comedy As You Like It. Director Simon Phillips' new interpretation of this much-loved play stars musical theatre icons Christine Whelan Browne, Bert LaBonté and Chris Ryan, and features original music from Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.
The competition opens on Monday 3 February, and entries close on Monday 2 March. And even if you miss out on the prize, you're still in luck, because you can get up to 25% off the cost of admission if you book a 2020 Mini Package yourself. Or, if you’re under 30 you save 50 per cent on tickets and subscriptions.