Ugly Mugs

// lurk around every corner.

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 16 May - 7 Jun
  • Where / Beckett Theatre

Ugly Mugs / are the faces that modern life finds more convenient to ignore than confront; the violent clients of a culture concealed. Inspired by her work supporting Melbourne sex workers, Peta Brady (The Slap) writes and stars in this discordant experience laced with pitch-black wit. With dreamlike shifts between time and place, it weaves a complex and uneasy drama about the disturbing realities of life on the streets.

A topical addition to the broader discussion of violence against women in our city, Ugly Mugs comes at a time when we are questioning how can we tolerate these kinds of crimes and the means we can take to protect those at risk. Brady’s characters wade through the aftermath of it, leaving us in no doubt about the dark truths that / lurk around every corner.

The play’s great achievement is humanising the victim … powerful and memorable.

— The Australian

Ugly Mugs shines a light on the darkest parts of our streets and forces us to acknowledge some hard truths. You can’t ignore it.

— Daily Review

Street prostitution is a reality that middle Australia prefers to ignore. And that’s where the trouble begins.

— Sydney Morning Herald

By / Peta Brady
Direction / Marion Potts
Set & Costume Design / Michael Hankin

Lighting Design / Lucy Birkinshaw
Sound Design /  Darrin Verhagen
Cast includes / Harry Borland, Peta Brady, Steve Le Marquand, Sara West

Proudly supported by

A co-production with Griffin Theatre Company.

A Malthouse Theatre commission, proudly supported by Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Key image photography / Andrew Curtis

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 16 May - 7 Jun
  • Where / Beckett Theatre