The beloved Australian classic novel and ground-breaking film Looking for Alibrandi comes to the stage for the first time in July 2022.

We are pleased to announce that Looking for Alibrandi has been selected for the 2022 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist (Unit 3).

The beloved Australian classic novel and ground-breaking film Looking for Alibrandi comes to the stage for the first time in July 2022.

A story about intergenerational trauma, the webs of migration, the power of women, history and how all these aspects intersect, this theatrical experience examines the Italian-Australian experience through the lives of three generations of women.

Adapted by Vidya Rajan from the best-selling novel by Melina Marchetta and directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Loaded, Merciless Gods).

 

Advice for schools

Recommended for ages 15 and older. Contains moderate coarse language, sexual references and references to self harm.

VCE Theatre Studies Prompt Packs

Malthouse Theatre’s VCE Playlisted shows are supported by our award-winning Prompt Packs:

PART A 

Looking for Alibrandi Prompt Pack (Part A)—VCE Theatre Studies (Singles)
Looking for Alibrandi Prompt Pack (Part A)—VCE Theatre Studies (Spreads)

PART B

Looking for Alibrandi Prompt Pack (Part B)—VCE Theatre Studies (Singles)
Looking for Alirbandi Prompt Pack (Part B)—VCE Theatre Studies (Spreads)

Dates & Tickets

EDUCATION MATINEES

11.30am Thursday 21 July, 11.30am Thursday 28 July

PRICES

Metro schools / $49 (per student)
Regional & low-ICSEA schools / $35 (per student)
Accompanying teachers / Free (max. 2 per group)
Additional teachers / $59

Post-show Q&A

All Schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast. Additional performances with a Post-show Q&A session:

6.30pm, Wednesday 20 July
6.30pm, Tuesday 26 July
7.30pm, Thursday 28 July

Revisit the Play

Revisit the Play is an on-demand digital workshop aimed at preparing students for the VCE Theatre Studies written examination. It is a chance for an extensive revision of the production, with a close analysis of archival footage and facilitated discussions about the play. Bookings can be made here and the resource will be available from 12 September 2022.

Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre present Looking for Alibrandi

WRITTEN BY /

Vidya Rajan, based on the book by Melina Marchetta

DIRECTION /

Stephen Nicolazzo

CAST /

Ashley Lyons, Chanella Macri, Lucia Mastrantone, Hannah Monson, Jennifer Vuletic, Dion Williams

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Kate Davis 

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Daniel Nixon

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Katie Sfetkidis

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

2 hours and 20 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)