Content Warnings

Malthouse Theatre's Content Policy

Malthouse Theatre is a new work company, meaning that a lot of our productions are being written and rehearsed in-house before premiering on one of our stages. 

A lot can change along the journey from concept to production, as scripts are rewritten, actors make offers, designers bring in new elements, and directors make big changes right up to opening night. 

We publish content warnings for all our shows to give you an idea of what to expect, and we do our best to keep this information up-to-date throughout rehearsals as the show takes shape. 

We do our best to warn you well in advance about what you’re about to see, but it’s important to be aware that things may change at the last minute.

You’ll find age recommendations and content warnings here on our website, pre-show emails, in your program and in the foyer on the night. If you do like to know what you’re in for, check back in here for the latest information. 

If you have further questions, you can always email or call us before your visit, or speak to our box office and front of house teams on the night for more information or advice.

Education Bookings  / if you would like to discuss any of these warnings further please contact Education Coordinator Alexandra Macalister-Bills / (03) 9685 5164 / amacalister-bills@malthousetheatre.com.au

 

BE ADVISED THAT THE BELOW CONTENT WARNINGS CONTAIN SPOILERS

WAKE IN FRIGHT / 21 Jun – 14 Jul

Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

Full list of potentially sensitive content /

Alcoholism
Throughout the play Alcoholism, and excessive consumption of alcohol (beer) is referenced and desribed.

Animal Cruelty
There are moments in which John Grant inflicts an act of violence (shooting) toward a Kangaroo. This is acted on stage as a microphone cable whipping the ground, without an actual animal present.

Blood/Gore
There are moments throughout the story that John Grant is described as covered in dried blood.

Death/Dying 
At the end of the play, an act of suicide (a hanging) is performed and described. The actor is shown wearing a safety harness and hanging from a noose within the space. This is fully tested, and safety for the actor is assured.

Gambling
Excessive gambling is described and performed through a game of Two-Up at a local pub.

Gunshot
There are multiple amplified gunshots within the 'Roo Shooting' sequence as described above. This is represented by a microphone cable whipping the ground and no actual guns are present.

Loud/Dynamic Sound
Audiences will be given earplugs at the beginning of each performance as the very loud and dynamic soundtrack is an integral part of this production.

Masturbation
The amplified, simulated sound of male masturbation occurs over the microphone for a short moment in the show during a described sex scene. This is performed by the actor with their mouth into the microphone.

Racism
Racism is referenced throughout the performance,

Sexual References
There are sex scenes and sexual references within the Wake in Fright narrative which are described to the audience in small detail.

Smoke/Haze
Smoke and haze are used throughout the performance to enhance the lighting effects. Coloured Holi powder is used in this performance.

Suicide
At the end of the play, an act of suicide (a hanging) is performed and described. The actor is shown wearing a safety harness and hanging from a noose within the space. This is fully tested, and safety for the actor is assured.

Violence
There are acts of violence described throughout the performance. But none are acted on stage.

Vomit
The actor dry-retches multiple times throughout the performance, there is no simulated vomit used.

SOLARIS / 28 Jun – 21 Jul

Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

Full list of potentially sensitive content /

Blood / Gore
Throughout the performance, the characters experience extreme blood loss, as they undertake some medical experimentation. There will be the use of black liquid to represent blood and pools of liquid blood.

Coarse Language
Coarse language is used throughout the performance

Death / Dying
Death is a core focus of discussion and key theme of Solaris, each of the characters describe people close to them who have passed, as well as being revisited by those ghosts in person. Throughout the performance, there is video content of an offstage character who has passed away as well as performed death/dying on and off stage repeatedly.

Drug Use
The use of prescription and medicinal drugs are performed and referenced throughout this performance through medical procedures and to euthanize particular characters. The drugs are consumed as both pills and intravenously through syringes

Herbal Cigarettes
Herbal cigarettes are used in this performance.

Loud/Dynamic Sound
Loud and dynamic sound is employed throughout this performance to enhance the directorial and dramaturgical choices.

Mental Illness
Depression and anxiety are referenced throughout the performance. There is a simulated panic attack that occurs onstage.

Murder
The conscious act of ending the life of an alien lifeform occurs repeatedly both on and offstage throughout the performance.

Nudity (Partial - Underwear)
Partial Nudity (Underwear) of both male and female actors is present in a post-coital scene between Kelvin and Ray

Overdoses
In the medical procedure pills are used to induce an overdose and subsequent death of the alien characters

Self-harm
The character of Ray drinks poison (liquid nitrogen) in an attempt to end his own life.

Sexual references
There is a pre-existing sexual relationship between two of the characters that is referenced throughout the performance.

Strobe
Strobe lighting will be used in this performance.

Suicide
The character of Ray drinks poison in an attempt to end his own life.

Terminal Illness
Cancer/Leukaemia are referenced as the cause of death for some of the characters both on and offstage.

Violence
A fight breaks out between two of the male characters in the performance

Vomit
One of the characters vomits blood during their death in the performance.

Weapons
A knife is used by Kris as a weapon to defend/protect herself from a potential threat.

If you have further questions, you can always email or call us before your visit, or speak to our box office and front of house teams on the night for more information or advice.