Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    16 Aug – 8 Sep

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    Approx 90 minutes (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains coarse language, sexual references, herbal cigarettes and some violence. 

    For a full list of potentially triggering content click here or contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

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Season 2019

Australian Realness

16 AUG – 8 SEP 2019

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    16 Aug – 8 Sep

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    Approx 90 minutes (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains coarse language, sexual references, herbal cigarettes and some violence. 

    For a full list of potentially triggering content click here or contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

  • Download / Program

A BOGAN AND BOURGEOIS BATTLE FOR A SUBURBAN BACKYARD.

The summery embrace of an Aussie family Christmas. Familiar characters pop the cork on mid-range bubbly for a raucous celebration of festive traditions. But, all is not well.

As adult kids regress to the parental homestead, Mum and Dad’s apparent wealth is waning. They’ve sold the Audi. There are fewer presents. They’re even renting out the back shed to supplement their income.

There’s a bunch of yobbos in the backyard!

Following a Christmas dinner invitation, ocker antics start to infect the house. First, it’s the tracky dacks. Then, it’s the durries. Before you know it, the working class are treading their unsophistication all over the polished floorboards … or so it may seem.

Zoey Dawson pries open social divides with incisive comedy and exacting satire. Directed by Janice Muller, the cast members shine twice, each playing two characters—one bourgeois, one bogan.

Australian Realness fast-forwards from the dawn of the Howard era to revel in the shattering of expectations and artificial class divisions.

Raw, clever, deceptive, meta and keeps you constantly guessing.

– The Music (for Zoey Dawson’s Conviction)
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BY / Zoey Dawson
DIRECTION / Janice Muller
CAST / Linda Cropper, André de Vanny, Emily Goddard, Walter Henry Phillips, Chanella Macri, Greg Stone
LIGHTING DESIGN / Amelia Lever-Davidson
SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION / James Paul
SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Romanie Harper

STAGE MANAGER / Josh Sherrin
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Cointha Walkeden 
DRAMATURG / Declan Greene
VIDEOGRAPHY / Einwick 

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES 

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 16 August
7.30pm, Saturday 17 August
6.30pm, Monday 19 August
6.30pm, Tuesday 20 August

OPENING NIGHT 
7.30pm, Wednesday 21 August

TIME TO TALK  
6.30pm, Tuesday 27 August 

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
1.30pm, Saturday 7 September

AUSLAN INTERPRETED 
1.30pm, Saturday 31 August

Purchase Zoey Dawson's Australian Realness script from Australian Plays here

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Australian Realness was developed with assistance from the Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance, Artist in Residence Program.
Key image: Zan Wimberley