Matadors and Madonnas star in this gender-bent re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s cult Biblical tale about religion, sexuality and the desire to be different. Hold onto your head.
Photos by Sarah Walker
30 Aug – 14 Sept, Tower Theatre, Malthouse
Two young men are alone in a palace; one is in love with the Princess Salomé, the other in love with his friend. But when Salomé arrives, she only has eyes for John the Baptist, a prophet who warns all deviants that the saviour Jesus Christ is on His way. Compelled by his abstinence and pious will, Salomé stops at nothing to have him (in the biblical sense). As the moon grows brighter, erotic energy takes over the royal court and the lines between civility and desire are blurred through violent dances for power, melodrama, and the gruesome severing of one very famous saint’s head.
With an 80s New Wave soundtrack and gender-bending cast inspired by the drag balls of Paris is Burning, Little Ones Theatre’s Salomé promises a bold and risqué theatrical event with the potential for cultish fascination and more than enough eroticism to get you hot under the collar.
Little Ones Theatre and Malthouse Theatre present
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo
Performed by Paul Blenheim, Genevieve Giuffre, Alexandra Aldrich, Nick Pelomis, Peter Paltos, Zoe Boesen, Tom Dent
Set Design Eugyeene Teh
Costume Design Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design Nate Edmondson
Dramaturgy/Adaptation Natalia Savvides
Choreography Kurt Phelan
Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter
Photography Sarah Walker