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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    16 Aug – 8 Sep

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains some adult material.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

Season 2019

Australian Realness

16 AUG – 8 SEP 2019

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass and receive great savings and a wealth of benefits.

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Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    16 Aug – 8 Sep

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains some adult material.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

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)

BY / Zoey Dawson
DIRECTION / Janice Muller
CAST INCLUDES / Linda Cropper
LIGHTING DESIGN / Amelia Lever-Davidson
SOUND / James Paul
SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Romanie Harper

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

AUDIO DESCRIBED 
1.30pm, Saturday 31 August

SEASON PASS TICKET PRICES 

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $55
Senior / $50
Concession / $40
Under 30s & Students / $30

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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