Cock by Mike Bartlett

Baker’s Dozen Theatre Company has done justice to this early work by the very- established playwright and TV screenwriter, Mike Bartlett. Bartlett wrote Cock when he was in his late 20s and it wowed the London audience at the Royal Court theatre and went on to win the Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre in 2010. It is a thrilling venture into the landscape of young love conveying the angst, highs and shattering disappointments such terrain can bring.

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Colder by Lachlan Philpott

Colder, by Lachlan Philpott, is a play that coaxes us into accepting how joyless life can get at times. A play that centres around the experience of loss and grief is going to do this quite easily. The ‘not knowing’ aspect of loss, the facing up to the fact that there may be no answers, is the main theme of the text and this is carefully and, for the most part, beautifully conveyed.

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Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami

Good Muslim Boy is a witty piece which navigates the trials of family life and the coming to terms with grief. It is play featuring only three actors who have strong skills but more importantly, heart. This is a stage adaptation of the prize-winning memoir of the same name written by Osamah Sami. He and his co-writer Janice Muller succeed in bringing the essence of the memoir to the stage. It has incredibly touching moments, fast-paced dialogue, highly dramatic incidents and well-crafted moments of tension.

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HIR by Taylor Mac

Does blowing up the past necessarily set one free? This is a question among many that playwright Taylor Mac confronts us with his provocative satire, Hir (pronounced here). This hit play, relatively new, has been staged multiple times over the past handful of years and comes screaming to Melbourne for Midsumma as part of the Red Stitch 2018 Theatre Season.

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Boys have Skin by Jake Stewart

Boys Have Skin is a new play by Jake Stewart from Kissing Booth Productions. It is a large ensemble piece with much to enjoy. Seeing new LGBITQ writing in a small but charming venue is an aspect of Midsumma Festival that is so appealing. That a new play can be mounted on such a low budget and involve so many people from the LGBITQ community coming together to make theatre is a great feature of Melbourne’s fringe.

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Othello at Pop-up Globe

 

The Othello opening night audience at Melbourne’s Globe Pop-up theatre adored this production and the cast was ecstatically applauded at the conclusion of the evening’s performance. The eager groundlings, being so close to the action on stage, were entertained constantly throughout whilst the ‘elevated’ people in the galleries chuckled along as they viewed proceedings from their vantage points.

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