Subversive satire, theatrical adaptations and challenging political works are all on the bill for Malthouse Theatre’s 2018 season.
The diverse program of 13 shows will begin with an encore season of the 2016 hit adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock, which has been touring the UK this year to great acclaim.
Writer, actor and comedian Osamah Sami – who co-wrote and starred in Ali’s Wedding – will perform in a stage version of his memoir, Good Muslim Boy. Sami’s story is a playful and moving account of surviving the Iran–Iraq war and escaping an arranged marriage in Australia.
Bliss, novelist Peter Carey’s infamously dark take on suburban Australian family life, is adapted for the stage in a co-production with Belvoir Theatre starring Mark Leonard Winter (MTC’s Birdland, The Dressmaker).
The Melbourne premiere of Jada Alberts’ Brothers Wreck offers an alternate view of family dynamics in a powerful exploration of grief, loss and community set in her hometown of Darwin. It features a stellar Indigenous cast including Lisa Flanagan, Shari Sebbens and Dion Williams.
Playwright and theatre-maker Declan Greene follows on from last year’s Malthouse production, The Homosexuals, with something completely different: a theatrical adaptation of Lars Von Trier’s 2011 apocalyptic drama, Melancholia. The play sees the relationship of two sisters put under stress during a family gathering – at the same time as a mysterious planet threatens to collide with earth. This will be the first in a series of theatrical adaptations for Malthouse.
After last year’s subversive Blaque Showgirls, Greene will once again team up with writer Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) to present live-action, feminist, blaxploitation satire Blackie Blackie Brown: Traditional Owner of Death.
UK comedy show Fleabag will bring the laughs – the award-winning, no-holds-barred solo show that inspired the popular BBC sitcom.
Banned in their own country, illegal theatre company Belarus Free Theatre will present two political productions that look at censorship, free speech, power and dictatorship.
Other shows include Ich Nibber Dibber, the product of delving through 10 years of recorded conversations to discover personal truths; Bryony Kimmings’ provocative show A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer; and sharp comedy Going Down by Hmong-Australian playwright and author Michelle Lee.
Tickets are on sale now.
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