Meme Girls

April 2015 Beckett Theatre, Malthouse Meme Girls / construct their identities in real time – and demand an audience. Experience the sort of post-gender, tongue-in-cheek spectacle that has made Ash Flanders a counter-culture hit. In Meme Girls, this pop-culture addict points his satirical sense of humour squarely at the desperate voices crying out for attention in our online neighbourhood. Packed with the LOLs of a great cat video, this non sequitur performance embraces the YouTube world, where life is ‘click-bait’ and views, shares and likes equate to happiness. Blurring the lines between performance art, drag and cabaret, Flanders presents a love letter to the bizarre and addictive women of YouTube who / broadcast their lives to an online abyss. Director: Stephen Nicolazzo Set Designer: Eugyeene Teh Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis Sound Designers: Pete Goodwin (The Sweats) Stage Manager: Lisa Osborne Photo Credit: Pia Johnson

Psycho Beach Party

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17 – 28 Sept,  The Loft, QUT Theatre, Brisbane

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Charles Busch’s camp classic follows the schizophrenic world of Chicklet, a Gidgetesque nerd with a dream to surf. When the town’s people are attacked in strange sado-masochistic ways, it is up to the surfbums and a B-Grade Horror star to find the culprit and save Chicklet.

This critically acclaimed show boasts a cross-gendered cast, sixties surf rock hits, and an appreciation of the perverse. It’s classic Busch meets the golden age of Hollywood and the homo-eroticism of Point Break.

Following sold out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney, director Stephen Nicolazzo’s joyous interpretation of Psycho Beach Party has become an independent theatre phenomenon.

Nominated for the Sydney Theatre Award 2012 (Best Supporting Actress-Genevieve Giuffre) and starring gender-bending favourite Ash Flanders and an energetic ensemble cast, this show is the perfect bi-polar summertime party.

“An absolute cack. Hi-lar-ious. What fun…Through strong ensemble theatre, the actors bring an almost erotic frisson, holding serious method and silly manner in true equipoise…It’s the funniest show around!” Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Salomé

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.

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Little Ones Theatre and Malthouse Theatre present
SALOMÉ
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