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Welcome to Season 2018


Hello and welcome to MTC’s 2018 Season – a year of remarkable theatre bookended by two major events for Australia’s cultural calendar. We open 2018 with one of the great shows of this decade, the National Theatre of Great Britain's legendary production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented with our friends and colleagues at Arts Centre Melbourne. And closing the year is Geoffrey Rush’s much-anticipated return to the MTC stage, as Malvolio in Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night. In between, we have the best new plays from Britain and the United States, a world premiere from New Zealand, a 19th Century comedy classic, and an adaptation of a great 20th Century Spanish classic. As always, Australian writers feature large in the Season, with Patricia Cornelius, Aidan Fennessy, Nicola Gunn and Jean Tong all premiering works in 2018. The inspirational springboards for this year’s plays range from nuclear science, to the aspirational ‘middle class’, to raising children, to the tragedy of the MH370 flight. Throw in Oscar Wilde and Edward Snowden, the bullring of office politics, love, death and marriage, and not one, but two young characters who are exceptional with patterns and numbers, and you have a season

as relevant, complex and irresistible as any we have presented in recent years. In 2017 more people subscribed to MTC than to any other theatre company in the country – over 20,000. While setting records is not our goal, we’re thrilled that vast numbers of Australians – subscribers and our wider audiences – embrace our productions so generously. With several productions in this new season certain to sell out, we of course encourage not only you to come on board for 2018, but your friends and families also. And if you join us for the subscription suite of 11 plays, there are terrific additional benefits, and there’s no need to agonise over what to see! On behalf of Terry Moran ac and our Board, Jane Hansen and our Foundation Board, and the entire MTC team – we would like to offer our warmest thanks to the people of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia, for giving the art we present on stage such vitality by connecting with it with enthusiasm, passion and generosity, and in such great numbers.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Children Abigail’s Party Wild The House of Bernarda Alba Gloria An Ideal Husband A Doll’s House, Part 2 The Architect Astroman Twelfth Night Working with Children Hungry Ghosts

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Season photography Justin Ridler


Photo of Luke Treadaway by Hugo Glendinning


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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE PRESENTED BY MTC AND ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE

Evening Standard

11 JANUARY — 18 FEBRUARY Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse Associated Program See page 43 for details

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes Christopher on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Direct from the UK, this acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play for both. Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s international best-selling novel, this phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle is ingeniously brought to life by award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse). Featuring remarkable, immersive staging and the full UK cast, this Australian premiere presented by MTC and Arts Centre Melbourne is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed.

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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

‘Ingenious. Compulsively gripping.’ The Guardian

‘Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.’ The Independent

THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood 3 FEBRUARY — 10 MARCH Southbank Theatre The Sumner Donor event Post-show Cocktail Party following Audi Forum 19 February

In an isolated cottage on the English coast, two retired nuclear physicists are living a quiet existence. Life is tough, electricity is rationed, and they keep a Geiger counter on hand for good reason. But they have worked all their lives for their retirement and now they are determined to enjoy it. Until one day, an old friend and colleague arrives unexpectedly, bringing memories of the past and a confronting challenge for the future. Award-winning British playwright Lucy Kirkwood has been described as the most rewarding dramatist of her generation. Her brilliant and chilling new play The Children is an intimate and endearing study of friendship, and the responsibility that each generation faces in leaving a better world for those that follow. Three of Australia’s favourite leading actors, Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Sarah Peirse (Switzerland) and William Zappa (Rock 'n' Roll) are at the heart of this marvellous play. After directing Joanna Murray-Smith’s unforgettable thriller Switzerland, MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes is back with a relationship drama that beautifully balances the stark realities of our times with intrigue and humour. Cast Sarah Peirse, Pamela Rabe, William Zappa Director Sarah Goodes Set and Costume Designer Elizabeth Gadsby Lighting Designer Paul Jackson Composer and Sound Designer Steve Francis

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A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company


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‘A night of continuous guilty pleasure.’ The Telegraph

‘A classic of excruciatingly comic social embarrassment.’ The Independent

A B I G A I L’S PA R T Y by Mike Leigh 17 MARCH — 21 APRIL Southbank Theatre The Sumner

You’re invited to the suburban drinks party from hell. Desperate-toimpress Beverly and her staid real estate agent husband Laurence are the hosts. The guests are their neighbours – eager-to-please nurse Angela with her bully-boy husband Tony, and divorcee Susan who’s steering clear of her daughter Abigail’s own party down the road. Over cheese and pineapple sticks, Demis Roussos records and copious amounts of alcohol, we witness one disastrous evening of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting, cringeworthy one-upmanship and hilarious put-downs. UK doyen of stage and screen writing, Mike Leigh, wrote his most famous play Abigail’s Party 40 years ago, but this undisputed classic has lost none of its acerbic wit and biting satire. In fact, in this age of bold aspiration and excessive consumption, it gains new relevance. Riotously funny and disturbingly compelling, Abigail’s Party is an iconic piece of theatre, every bit as cutting as it ever was. Step across the shagpile, down a gin and tonic and settle in for a devastating portrait of middleclass life in the British ’burbs starring Eryn Jean Norvill (All My Sons), directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Dangerous Liaisons, The Moors).

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Cast includes Daniel Frederiksen, Eryn Jean Norvill, Benjamin Rigby, Katherine Tonkin Director Stephen Nicolazzo Set Designer Anna Cordingley Costume Designer Eugyeene Teh Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis Composer and Sound Designer Daniel Nixon


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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

‘Bold and mind-blowing.’ The Telegraph

‘A thriller that turns the world upside down.’ The Guardian

WILD by Mike Bartlett 5 MAY — 9 JUNE Southbank Theatre The Sumner Donor event Pre & Post-show Dinner 24 May

Ordinary Joe one day – America’s Most Wanted the next. That’s what happens when you leak top secret Government surveillance. Having blown the world’s biggest whistle, Andrew is on the run, holed up in a Russian hotel room; a political pawn with a target on his back. If you betray your country for the right reasons, are you a hero or a traitor? One thing is certain, you will never know who you can trust. Olivier Award-winning playwright, Mike Bartlett (King Charles III), is not afraid to take on the big questions of our time. His darkly comic twist on the Edward Snowden story, Wild, wowed audiences when it premiered in London in 2016 with its dazzling special effects and fascinating examination of a world with its cover blown. For its Australian premiere MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant (Born Yesterday) takes the reins, directing this riveting contemporary thriller where nothing is as it seems, starring Anna Lise Phillips (Devil's Playground, Crownies, Animal Kingdom).

#mtcWild  

Cast includes Anna Lise Phillips Director Dean Bryant Set Designer Andrew Bailey Costume Designer Owen Phillips Lighting Designer Ross Graham


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WORLD PREMIERE FROM THE WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN & NEW SOUTH WALES PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD AND THE PATRICK WHITE PLAYWRIGHT 'S AWARD

‘Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated playwrights.’ Daily Review

THE HOUSE OF B E R N A R DA A L BA adapted by Patricia Cornelius after Federico García Lorca 25 MAY — 7 JULY Arts Centre Melbourne Fairfax Studio Donor event Post-show Dinner 12 June

With their mining-mogul father dead, the Alba household is in mourning. All four daughters have been called home to pay their respects by their mother, Bernarda, who is truly a force of nature. The future seems wildly uncertain for all but the eldest sister, who has inherited a fortune and is engaged to the local heartthrob. But as tensions rise and tempers flare, will any of them have the power to alter their own destinies? Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most eminent and awarded playwrights. In The House of Bernarda Alba she takes Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s classic tragedy out of the villages of Spain and into the heat of rural Western Australia. Themes of repression, passion, isolation and conformity, as well as the role of women in today's society, are put under the microscope in this revealing and exhilarating adaptation. This epic family drama directed by Leticia Cáceres (The Distance, The Effect) features a superb cast including theatre legend Julie Forsyth (Endgame), Peta Brady (shit) and Bessie Holland (Wentworth) with Melita Jurisic (John) starring as the family matriarch. Commissioned by MTC.

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Cast includes Peta Brady, Julie Forsyth, Bessie Holland, Melita Jurisic Director Leticia Cáceres Set and Costume Designer Marg Horwell Lighting Designer Rachel Burke Composer Irine Vela


Photo by James Hartley and Jo Duck


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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

‘Whip-smart satire… sharp-toothed comic drama.’ The New York Times

‘The bitingly funny and fierce Gloria is one of the year’s best shows.’ New York Post

G LO R I A by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 16 JUNE — 21 JULY Southbank Theatre The Sumner Donor event Post-show Cocktail Party 3 July

Editorial assistant Dean stumbles into work, hungover from a party at the home of the ‘office freak’ Gloria. As his ambitious group of 20-something co-workers squabble, complain and generally avoid work, it’s just another day at the office of a fancy Manhattan magazine. Until suddenly it’s not. Strap yourself in for the breathtaking new play that will have everyone talking. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of the most exciting young writers on the US theatre scene. His explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist Gloria is a sharply observed satirical comedy that takes a scathing look at office politics and our exploitative, media-saturated age. Wickedly fun and amazingly astute, Gloria is a jaw-dropping, adrenaline rush of a show that will keep you constantly guessing. One of the country’s leading directors, Lee Lewis (Rupert), takes charge for this fresh and surprising new play, featuring a favourite of stage and screen, Lisa McCune (The King and I), joined by Aileen Huynh (Cleverman) and newcomer Callan Colley. Contains graphic and mature content. Recommended for ages 16+.

#mtcGloria 

Cast includes Callan Colley, Aileen Huynh, Lisa McCune, Sophie Ross Director Lee Lewis Set Designer Christina Smith Lighting Designer Paul Jackson Composer and Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith


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‘The most effervescently serious comedy Wilde ever wrote, as well as one of the funniest.’ The New York Times

‘Runs like an intricately plotted noir thriller with a fine coating of wit.’ The Daily Express

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND 16 JULY — 18 AUGUST Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse Donor event Post-show Cocktail Party 30 July

Successful politician Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – money, power and the love of his adoring wife. But when the mysterious Mrs Cheveley threatens to expose a dark secret from his past, will his reputation, career and marriage be ruined? In Oscar Wilde’s effervescent society drama, dukes, dandies and unmarried daughters gather in drawing rooms to sip tea, exchange gossip and flirt. Comically ravishing characters engage in witty repartee, holding a mirror up to late-Victorian society values. However, this story is more than a humorous battle of the sexes. Insider trading, political corruption, hypocrisy and blackmail hold the intrigue in a comedy, that for all its touches of melodrama and farce, offers poignant insights into human frailty. The incomparable Gina Riley (Kath & Kim), as the grand Lady Markby, leads a stellar cast including Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables), Michelle Lim Davidson (Utopia), Christie Whelan Browne (Born Yesterday) and William McInnes (The Last Man Standing) in this timeless classic, directed by MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant.

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Cast includes Simon Gleeson, Brent Hill, Michelle Lim Davidson, William McInnes, Zindzi Okenyo, Gina Riley, Christie Whelan Browne Director Dean Bryant Set and Costume Designer Dale Ferguson Lighting Designer Matt Scott Composer and Sound Designer Mathew Frank Voice and Dialect Coach Leith McPherson


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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

‘The best play of the Broadway season.’ Time Out New York

‘Smart, funny and utterly engrossing.’ The New York Times

A D O L L’S H O U S E , PA R T 2 by Lucas Hnath 11 AUGUST — 15 SEPTEMBER Southbank Theatre The Sumner

In 1879, Nora Helmer handed her husband her keys and wedding ring and left home, slamming the door behind her. But what ever happened to this famous literary figure from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House? And what of the family she left behind? 15 years later, Nora is now a successful feminist writer returning to get the divorce her husband Torvald never filed for. All she needs is the paperwork. US playwright Lucas Hnath has written a brilliant contemporary classic, continuing Nora’s story in an intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. The audaciously titled A Doll’s House, Part 2 is a Tony Award-winning drama about family, responsibility and freedom of choice. Whether you’re familiar with A Doll’s House or not, this Broadway smash-hit will have you seeing its themes of equality and relationships with fresh eyes. MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes directs an outstanding cast, with one of the most popular actors in Australia today, Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, A Place to Call Home), returning to her Melbourne theatre roots for the first time in over a decade in this expertly crafted and very funny 'sequel of sorts'.

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Cast includes Marta Dusseldorp, Greg Stone Director Sarah Goodes Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord


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WORLD PREMIERE FROM THE WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD, THE GRIFFIN THEATRE AWARD AND THE WAL CHERRY AWARD

‘Fennessy’s writing is beautiful.’ Herald Sun (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls)

THE ARCHITECT by Aidan Fennessy 27 SEPTEMBER — 31 OCTOBER Southbank Theatre The Sumner Donor event Pre & Post-show Dinner 11 October

Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting. When Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she takes in a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades to look after her through her illness. With a winning smile and incorrigible zest for life, he could be just the medicine she needs – if it wasn’t for the titanic secret he’s hiding. As an unexpected bond forms between them, tables begin to turn and Helen faces choices that are both intimate and monumental. After charming MTC audiences with What Rhymes with Cars and Girls and moving them with the powerful National Interest, playwright Aidan Fennessy returns with the world premiere of The Architect. This surprising and suspenseful story of two unlikely housemates is humorous, startling and deeply poignant. Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple) directs Linda Cropper (Offspring) as the feisty and fiercely determined Helen. Contains mature content.

Commissioned with the support of the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust.

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Cast includes Linda Cropper Director Peter Houghton Set and Costume Designer Christina Smith Lighting Designer Matt Scott Composer and Sound Designer J. David Franzke


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WORLD PREMIERE THE AUSTRALIAN DEBUT OF MULTI AWARD-WINNING NEW ZEALAND WRITER ALBERT BELZ

‘An undisputed crowdpleaser. Impossible to resist.’ Realtime Arts

ASTROMAN by Albert Belz 27 OCTOBER — 8 DECEMBER Arts Centre Melbourne Fairfax Studio Donor event Post-show Cocktail Party 13 November

For a troubled but brilliant teenager in 1980s Geelong, the world is a small place. Thirteen-year-old Jiembra Djalu and his brother Sonny are the new kids in town, and while Jiembra may be a video game whizz and maths genius, he’s always getting into strife. A friendship with the owner of the local arcade and a chance at gaming glory could see him change his life forever, but could also mean leaving behind what means most – his brother and adoring mother. BMX bikes, Michael Jackson, Gary Ablett, Donkey Kong and Friday night Kentucky Fried Chicken all provide the backdrop for this joyous family show. Astroman is playwright Albert Belz’s irresistible and touchingly humourous coming of age story. With a glorious charm reminiscent of Stand By Me and Jasper Jones, this love letter to the ’80s wraps audiences in the highs and lows of growing up, the exhilaration of learning, and what it means to be truly courageous. MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes directs this world premiere starring Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy), alongside Kamil Ellis (Macbeth), and Calen Tassone (Red Dog), with Tony Briggs (author of The Sapphires) as Associate Director.

#mtcAstroman  

Cast includes Elaine Crombie, Kamil Ellis, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Calen Tassone Director Sarah Goodes Set and Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade Associate Director Tony Briggs


BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

12 NOVEMBER — 29 DECEMBER Southbank Theatre The Sumner Donor event Post-show Cocktail Party 27 November #mtcTwelfthNight

This exquisite comedy is a timeless masterpiece, bursting at the seams with passion and music. Yet it starts with a twin sister and brother shipwrecked, grief-stricken, both believing the other to be drowned. Shakespeare’s lyrical fantasy slams poetry into melancholia, laced with drunkenness and misrule in bucketloads. Identity confusion abounds in a whirligig of capricious farce as everything spins out of control towards a sense of harmony.


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Simon Phillips again brings one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works to life at MTC for this highly anticipated reunion with stage and screen luminary Geoffrey Rush, as the social-climbing and butt of all jokes, Malvolio.

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Cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Brent Hill, Richard Piper, Christie Whelan Browne, Frank Woodley Director Simon Phillips Set and Costume Designer Gabriela Tylesova Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper Voice and Text Coach Leith McPherson


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‘Funny, smart, heartfelt… Gunn keeps her audience on a knife’s edge.’ The Age

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WORKING WITH CHILDREN by Nicola Gunn 30 AUGUST — 29 SEPTEMBER Southbank Theatre The Lawler

Just imagine a woman who works with children. Now imagine a man who works with children. Imagine the woman who works with children has a secret that she’s ashamed of. Imagine the man is going through a messy divorce. Now imagine there are regulations in place to protect the children they’re working with from inappropriate things like dark emotions or the vulnerability of reality. Multi award-winning writer, performer and director Nicola Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, Green Screen) uses her seductively subversive humour to turn our attention to the moral and ethical complexity of working with children and other social taboos. With the artistic support of world-renowned Belgian arts centre CAMPO, Gunn takes on the sometimes necessarily hypocritical lives of teachers, artists and regulators in an emotionally evocative and technologically inventive solo performance.

Concept, Text, Direction & Performance Nicola Gunn Artistic Associate Pol Heyvaert AV Design Nick Roux Music and Sound Kelly Ryall Costume and Co-Set Realisation Eugyeene Teh Script Dramaturg Jon Haynes

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An MTC NEON NEXT commission. Supported by CAMPO.


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‘Emina Ashman is magnetic.’ The Age (Roberto Zucco)

HUNGRY GHOSTS by Jean Tong 3 — 19 MAY Southbank Theatre The Lawler

The MH370 disaster. Malaysia’s billion-dollar 1MDB scandal. These two events had international ramifications, but for our unnamed protagonist they were earth shattering. When you’re a young, queer Chinese-Malaysian Australian, how do you work out where you belong in the world? Criss-crossing between storylines of the fate of MH370, corruption in Malaysia and the exploration of identity, Hungry Ghosts offers an unconventional take on contemporary life. Writer Jean Tong is known for creating politically irreverent works about cultural identification, societal inequality and otherness. Her latest work uses humour and vivid imagery to boldly explore the complex world we must navigate every day. Starring Emina Ashman (Moths) and Jing-Xuan Chan (The Family Law), and directed by Petra Kalive (Melbourne Talam), the world-premiere of Hungry Ghosts will be a haunting theatre experience. Hungry Ghosts is part of MTC’s award-winning Education program which reaches thousands of students across Victoria every year through programming for young audiences, regional touring, scholarships, workshops and our celebrated Sharing the Light initiative. Visit mtc.com.au/education for details.

Commissioned with the support of the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust. Developed with the support of The Cybec Foundation through MTC’s Cybec Electric Playreading Series as part of the 2017 AsiaTOPA Festival.

#mtcHungryGhosts

Cast includes Emina Ashman, Jing-Xuan Chan Director Petra Kalive


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Performance Diary THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT–TIME

A new play by Simon Stephens. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon. 11 January — 18 February Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Audi Forum Nights: 16 & 30 January Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes Christopher on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood

3 February — 10 March Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 12 & 19 February In an isolated cottage on the English coast, two retired nuclear physicists are living a quiet existence. Life is tough, but they have worked all their lives for their retirement and now they are determined to enjoy it. Until one day, an old friend and colleague arrives, bringing memories of the past and a confronting challenge for the future.

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ABIGAIL’S PARTY by Mike Leigh

17 March — 21 April Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 26 March & 2 April You’re invited to the suburban drinks party from hell. Desperate-to-impress Beverly and her real estate agent husband Laurence are the hosts. Over cheese and pineapple sticks, Demis Roussos records and copious amounts of alcohol, we witness one disastrous evening of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting, cringeworthy one-upmanship and hilarious put-downs.

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WILD

by Mike Bartlett 5 May — 9 June Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 14 & 21 May Ordinary Joe one day – America’s Most Wanted the next. That’s what happens when you leak top secret Government surveillance. Having blown the world’s biggest whistle, Andrew is on the run. If you betray your country for the right reasons, are you a hero or a traitor? One thing is certain, you will never know who you can trust.

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14 May – 6:30pm

15 May – 6:30pm

16 May – 1pm, 8pm

17 May – 8pm

18 May – 8pm

19 May – 4pm, 8:30pm

21 May – 6:30pm

22 May – 6:30pm

23 May – 1pm, 8pm

24 May – 8pm

25 May – 8pm

26 May – 4pm

28 May – 6:30pm

29 May – 6:30pm

30 May – 1pm

31 May – 8pm

01 Jun – 8pm

02 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

04 Jun – 6:30pm

05 Jun – 6:30pm

06 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

07 Jun – 8pm

08 Jun – 8pm

09 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

8pm

8:30pm


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Performance Diary THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA adapted by Patricia Cornelius, after Federico García Lorca 25 May — 7 July Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio Audi Forum Nights: 4 & 11 June With their mining-mogul father dead, the Alba household is in mourning. All four daughters have been called home to pay their respects, but the future seems wildly uncertain for all but the eldest sister, who has inherited a fortune and is engaged to the local heartthrob. As tensions rise and tempers flare, will any of them have the power to alter their own destinies?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

25 May – 8pm

26 May – 8pm

28 May – 8pm

29 May – 8pm

30 May – 8pm

31 May – 8pm

01 Jun – 8pm

02 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

04 Jun – 6:30pm

05 Jun – 6:30pm

06 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

07 Jun – 8pm

08 Jun – 8pm

09 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

11 Jun – 6:30pm

12 Jun – 6:30pm

13 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

14 Jun – 8pm

15 Jun – 8pm

16 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

18 Jun – 6:30pm

19 Jun – 6:30pm

20 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

21 Jun – 8pm

22 Jun – 8pm

23 Jun – 4pm

25 Jun – 6:30pm

26 Jun – 6:30pm

27 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

28 Jun – 8pm

29 Jun – 8pm

30 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

02 Jul – 6:30pm

03 Jul – 6:30pm

04 Jul – 1pm, 8pm

05 Jul – 8pm

06 Jul – 8pm

07 Jul – 4pm, 8:30pm

8:30pm

GLORIA

by Branden Jacobs–Jenkins 16 June — 21 July Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 25 June & 2 July Editorial assistant Dean stumbles into work, hungover from a party at the home of the ‘office freak’ Gloria. As his ambitious group of co-workers squabble, complain and generally avoid work, it’s just another day at the office of a fancy Manhattan magazine – until suddenly it’s not. Strap yourself in for the breathtaking new play that will have everyone talking.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 16 Jun – 8pm

18 Jun – 8pm

19 Jun – 8pm

20 Jun – 8pm

21 Jun – 8pm

22 Jun – 8pm

23 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

25 Jun – 6:30pm

26 Jun – 6:30pm

27 Jun – 1pm, 8pm

28 Jun – 8pm

29 Jun – 8pm

30 Jun – 4pm, 8:30pm

02 Jul – 6:30pm

03 Jul – 6:30pm

04 Jul – 1pm, 8pm

05 Jul – 8pm

06 Jul – 8pm

07 Jul – 4pm

09 Jul – 6:30pm

10 Jul – 6:30pm

11 Jul – 1pm, 8pm

12 Jul – 8pm

13 Jul – 8pm

14 Jul – 4pm, 8:30pm

16 Jul – 6:30pm

17 Jul – 6:30pm

18 Jul – 1pm, 8pm

19 Jul – 8pm

20 Jul – 8pm

21 Jul – 4pm, 8:30pm

8:30pm


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AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE  CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE  DONOR EVENT EDUCATION PERFORMANCE  AUDI FORUM NIGHT  OPENING NIGHT  PREVIEW  TACTILE TOUR

Oscar Wilde's

AN IDEAL HUSBAND 16 July — 18 August Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Audi Forum Night: 23 July Successful politician Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – money, power and the love of his adoring wife. But when the mysterious Mrs Cheveley threatens to expose a dark secret from his past, his reputation, career and marriage appear ruined.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

16 Jul – 8pm

17 Jul – 8pm

18 Jul – 8pm

19 Jul – 8pm

20 Jul – 8pm

21 Jul – 2pm, 8pm

23 Jul – 6:30pm

24 Jul – 6:30pm

25 Jul – 1pm, 8pm

26 Jul – 8pm

27 Jul – 8pm

28 Jul – 2pm, 8pm

30 Jul – 6:30pm

31 Jul – 6:30pm

01 Aug – 1pm, 8pm

02 Aug – 8pm

03 Aug – 8pm

04 Aug – 2pm

06 Aug – 6:30pm

07 Aug – 6:30pm

08 Aug – 1pm, 8pm

09 Aug – 8pm

10 Aug – 8pm

11 Aug – 2pm, 8pm

13 Aug – 6:30pm

14 Aug – 6:30pm

15 Aug – 1pm, 8pm

16 Aug – 8pm

17 Aug – 8pm

18 Aug – 2pm, 8pm

8pm

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath

11 August — 15 September Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 20 & 27 August In 1879, Nora Helmer handed her husband her keys and wedding ring and left home, slamming the door behind her. But what ever happened to this famous literary figure from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House? 15 years later, Nora is now a successful feminist writer returning to get the divorce her husband Torvald never filed for. All she needs is the paperwork.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 11 Aug – 8pm

13 Aug – 8pm

14 Aug – 8pm

15 Aug – 8pm

16 Aug – 8pm

17 Aug – 8pm

18 Aug – 4pm, 8:30pm

20 Aug – 6:30pm

21 Aug – 6:30pm

22 Aug – 1pm, 8pm

23 Aug – 8pm

24 Aug – 8pm

25 Aug – 4pm, 8:30pm

27 Aug – 6:30pm

28 Aug – 6:30pm

29 Aug – 1pm

30 Aug – 8pm

31 Aug – 8pm

01 Sep – 4pm

03 Sep – 6:30pm

04 Sep – 6:30pm

05 Sep – 1pm, 8pm

06 Sep – 8pm

07 Sep – 8pm

08 Sep – 4pm, 8:30pm

10 Sep – 6:30pm

11 Sep – 6:30pm

12 Sep – 1pm, 8pm

13 Sep – 8pm

14 Sep – 8pm

15 Sep – 4pm, 8:30pm

8pm

8:30pm


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Performance Diary THE ARCHITECT by Aidan Fennessy

27 September — 31 October Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 8 & 15 October Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting. When Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she takes in a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades to look after her through her illness. As an unexpected bond forms between them, tables begin to turn and Helen faces choices that are both intimate and monumental.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

27 Sep – 8pm

28 Sep – 8pm

29 Sep – 8pm

01 Oct – 8pm

02 Oct – 8pm

03 Oct – 8pm

04 Oct – 8pm

05 Oct – 8pm

06 Oct – 4pm, 8:30pm

08 Oct – 6:30pm

09 Oct – 6:30pm

10 Oct – 1pm, 8pm

11 Oct – 8pm

12 Oct – 8pm

13 Oct – 4pm

15 Oct – 6:30pm

16 Oct – 6:30pm

17 Oct – 1pm, 8pm

18 Oct – 8pm

19 Oct – 8pm

20 Oct – 4pm, 8:30pm

22 Oct – 6:30pm

23 Oct – 6:30pm

24 Oct – 1pm, 8pm

25 Oct – 8pm

26 Oct – 8pm

27 Oct – 4pm, 8:30pm

29 Oct – 6:30pm

30 Oct – 6:30pm

31 Oct – 1pm, 8pm

8:30pm

ASTROMAN by Albert Belz

27 October — 8 December Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio Audi Forum Nights: 5 & 12 November Thirteen-year-old Jiembra Djalu and his brother Sonny are the new kids in town, and while Jiembra may be a video game whizz and maths genius, he’s always getting into strife. A friendship with the owner of the local arcade and a chance at gaming glory could see him change his life forever, but could also mean leaving behind what means most – his brother and adoring mother.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 27 Oct – 8:00pm

29 Oct – 8pm

30 Oct – 8pm

31 Oct – 8pm

01 Nov – 8pm

02 Nov – 8pm

03 Nov – 4pm, 8:30pm

05 Nov – 6:30pm

06 Nov – 6:30pm

07 Nov – 1pm, 8pm

08 Nov – 8pm

09 Nov – 8pm

10 Nov – 4pm, 8:30pm

12 Nov – 6:30pm

13 Nov – 6:30pm

14 Nov – 1pm, 8pm

15 Nov – 8pm

16 Nov – 8pm

17 Nov – 4pm, 8:30pm

19 Nov – 6:30pm

20 Nov – 6:30pm

21 Nov – 1pm, 8pm

22 Nov – 8pm

23 Nov – 8pm

24 Nov – 4pm

26 Nov – 6:30pm

27 Nov – 6:30pm

28 Nov – 1pm, 8pm

29 Nov – 8pm

30 Nov – 8pm

01 Dec – 4pm, 8:30pm

03 Dec – 6:30pm

04 Dec – 6:30pm

05 Dec – 1pm, 8pm

06 Dec – 8pm

07 Dec – 8pm

08 Dec – 4pm, 8:30pm

8:30pm


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AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE  CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE  DONOR EVENT EDUCATION PERFORMANCE  AUDI FORUM NIGHT  OPENING NIGHT  PREVIEW  TACTILE TOUR

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare

12 November — 29 December Southbank Theatre, The Sumner Audi Forum Nights: 19 & 26 November This exquisite comedy is a timeless masterpiece, bursting at the seams with passion and music. Yet it starts with a twin sister and brother shipwrecked, grief-stricken, both believing the other to be drowned. Shakespeare’s lyrical fantasy slams poetry into melancholia, in a whirligig of capricious farce as everything spins out of control towards a sense of harmony.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

12 Nov – 8pm

13 Nov – 8pm

14 Nov – 8pm

15 Nov – 8pm

16 Nov – 8pm

17 Nov – 8pm

19 Nov – 6:30pm

20 Nov – 6:30pm

21 Nov – 1pm

22 Nov – 8pm

23 Nov – 8pm

24 Nov – 2pm, 8pm

26 Nov – 6:30pm

27 Nov – 6:30pm

28 Nov – 1pm, 8pm

29 Nov – 8pm

30 Nov – 8pm

01 Dec – 2pm, 8pm

03 Dec – 6:30pm

04 Dec – 6:30pm

05 Dec – 1pm, 8pm

06 Dec – 8pm

07 Dec – 8pm

08 Dec – 2pm

10 Dec – 6:30pm

11 Dec – 6:30pm

12 Dec – 1pm, 8pm

13 Dec – 8pm

14 Dec – 8pm

15 Dec – 2pm, 8pm

17 Dec – 6:30pm

18 Dec – 6:30pm

19 Dec – 1pm, 8pm

20 Dec – 8pm

21 Dec – 8pm

22 Dec – 2pm, 8pm

No performance

No performance

No performance

27 Dec – 8pm

28 Dec – 8pm

29 Dec – 2pm, 8pm

8pm

8pm

DONOR EVENTS Each season, we create a program of relaxed and intimate dinners and cocktail party events that provide our Donors (giving $1,000+) opportunities to meet members of the cast and creative teams from MTC productions. To find out more about becoming a Donor, refer to page 46.

Show

Date

Event

Performance Venue

The Children

Monday 19 February

Post–show Cocktail Party following Audi Forum

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Wild

Thursday 24 May

Pre & Post–show Dinner

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

The House of Bernarda Alba

Tuesday 12 June

Post–show Dinner

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Gloria

Tuesday 3 July

Post–show Cocktail Party

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

An Ideal Husband

Monday 30 July

Post–show Cocktail Party

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

The Architect

Thursday 11 October

Pre & Post–show Dinner

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Astroman

Tuesday 13 November

Post–show Cocktail Party

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Twelfth Night

Tuesday 27 November

Post–show Cocktail Party

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner


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Performance Diary STUDIO SEASON – Subscribers enjoy exclusive early access to discounted tickets

WORKING WITH CHILDREN by Nicola Gunn

30 August — 29 September Southbank Theatre, The Lawler Audi Forum Night: 3 September Just imagine a woman who works with children, but has a secret she’s incredibly ashamed of. Now imagine a man who works with children and is going through a messy divorce. Imagine they’re both working with children but there are regulations in place to protect the children at their school from all things inappropriate, like dark emotions or the vulnerability of reality.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

30 Aug – 7:30pm

31 Aug – 7:30pm

01 Sep – 8pm

03 Sep – 7:30pm

04 Sep – 7:30pm

05 Sep – 7:30pm

06 Sep – 7:30pm

07 Sep – 7:30pm

08 Sep – 3pm, 8pm

10 Sep – 7:30pm

11 Sep – 7:30pm

12 Sep – 1:30pm, 7:30pm

13 Sep – 7:30pm

14 Sep – 7:30pm

15 Sep – 3pm, 8pm

17 Sep – 7:30pm

18 Sep – 7:30pm

19 Sep – 1:30pm, 7:30pm

20 Sep – 7:30pm

21 Sep – 7:30pm

22 Sep – 3pm, 8pm

24 Sep – 7:30pm

25 Sep – 7:30pm

26 Sep – 7:30pm

27 Sep – 7:30pm

28 Sep – 7:30pm

29 Sep – 3pm, 8pm

EDUCATION SEASON – Tickets on sale to Subscribers from 23 February

HUNGRY GHOSTS by Jean Tong

3 — 19 May Southbank Theatre, The Lawler The MH370 disaster. Malaysia’s billion-dollar 1MDB scandal. These events had international ramifications, but for our unnamed protagonist they were earth shattering. When you’re a young, queer Chinese-Malaysian Australian, how do you work out where you belong in the world? Criss-crossing between storylines, Hungry Ghosts offers an unconventional take on contemporary life.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

03 May – 10am

04 May – 10am, 1:30pm

05 May – 7:30pm

07 May – 1:30pm

08 May – 1:30pm, 7pm 09 May – 1:30pm

10 May – 10am, 1:30pm 11 May – 7pm

14 May – 1:30pm

15 May – 10am, 1:30pm 16 May – 1:30pm , 7pm 17 May – 1:30pm

18 May – 1:30pm

12 May – 7:00pm 19 May – 7:00pm

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE  CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE  DONOR EVENT EDUCATION PERFORMANCE  AUDI FORUM NIGHT  OPENING NIGHT  PREVIEW  TACTILE TOUR


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Important Dates for your Diary

28

7

29

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

2018 SEASON ANNOUNCED

EXCLUSIVE PRIORITY BOOKING WINDOW CLOSES for renewing 11 Play Full Season Subscribers

PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD CLOSES for all other renewing Subscribers

Exclusive priority booking window opens for renewing 11 Play Full Season Subscribers and Donors giving $1,000+

6

OCTOBER BOOKING PERIOD BEGINS for new Subscribers

23

FEBRUARY TICKETS GO ON SALE

to Subscribers for Hungry Ghosts

PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD OPENS for all other renewing Subscribers

13

NOVEMBER TICKETS GO ON SALE

1

DECEMBER TICKETS GO ON SALE

to the public for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night–Time

to the public for The Children and Abigail’s Party

2

7

MARCH TICKETS GO ON SALE

to the public for all remaining productions except for Twelfth Night

JUNE TICKETS GO ON SALE

to the public for Twelfth Night


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Get closer to the stage Discover a world behind the curtain

Macbeth Audi Forum Night

AUDI FORUM NIGHTS Join us after selected performances to hear members of the cast and creative teams discuss the show. Audi Forum Nights occur directly after the first two Monday night performances post Opening Night for most productions, and are only available to ticket holders of that performance. These evenings are very popular, so get in early!

2018 FORUM NIGHT SCHEDULE The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night–Time

16 & 30 January

The Children

12 & 19 February

Abigail's Party Wild

14 & 21 May

The House of Bernarda Alba

4 & 11 June

Gloria An Ideal Husband A Doll's House, Part 2 Working with Children The Architect

Major Partner

26 March & 2 April

Astroman

25 June & 2 July 23 July 20 & 27 August 3 September 8 & 15 October 5 & 12 November

Twelfth Night 19 & 26 November See the performance diary on page 34 for more details.


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MelbourneTheatreCompany @MelbTheatreCo Clockwise from left: Macbeth Audi Forum Night, MTC Workshop staff, cast rehearsing Cybec Electric play readings, Geraldine Hakewill and Kevin Hofbauer backstage at Macbeth.

@MelbTheatreCo melbtheatreco MelbTheatre2018

SHOW PROGRAMMES

SUBSCRIBER ENEWSLET TERS

In 2018 printed programmes will be available for just $2 at the theatre, and available online to download free of charge. Full of unique insights about each play and detailed information on the cast and creative team, you can get closer to the stage and explore the world inside MTC.

Stay up–to–date with the latest news, learn about exciting new events and receive special offers and giveaways with our monthly Subscriber eNews. To sign up, simply login to your online account or email mtcticketing@mtc.com.au

CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOUS? Go behind the scenes and deepen your Curious Incident experience with a suite of Associated Programs, including workshops, insight sessions, forums and more. Visit artscentremelbourne.com.au

SUBSCRIBER MAGAZINE MTC’s exclusive Subscriber magazine Scenes is delivered three times a year to subscribers digitally and in print. Scenes features in-depth interviews with artists involved in MTC productions, news from around the Company and stories about our Corporate Partners and Donors.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE Explore ever–growing photo galleries, videos, articles, interviews, podcasts and more on MTC’s blog, Backstage, and social media channels. Take the time to discover the world behind the stage, learn about the people that bring our shows to life, and share your experience with other theatre fans. mtc.com.au/backstage


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N E X T S TAG E WRITERS’ PROGRAM

Melbourne Theatre Company has launched an exciting initiative for the future of playwriting. An initiative which is having a significant impact on the landscape of theatre in Australia. MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program has introduced the most rigorous playwright commissioning and development process ever undertaken by the Company. It sets a new benchmark for play development in Australia with a $4.6 million investment in Australian writers co-funded by the visionary donors of MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle and Melbourne Theatre Company. NEXT STAGE is providing a total of 50 opportunities for Australian writers, consisting of residencies and commissions, across the first five years of the program. It is also seeing an increase in resources dedicated to workshopping and developing plays from drafts through to production.

Made possible by MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle Louise Myer and Martyn Myer ao, Maureen Wheeler ao and Tony Wheeler ao, Christine Brown Bequest, Naomi Milgrom ao, Allan Myers ac qc and Maria Myers ac, Tony Burgess and Janine Burgess, Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener.

For more about the program, and to learn how you can support Australian writing for the stage visit mtc.com.au/nextstage


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‘Our intention for NEXT STAGE is quite simple – to better support Australian writers. However, the program is remarkable not simply for the significant increase in the annual number of commissions we will undertake, and the financial resources devoted to writers and the development of their plays, but for the meaningful length of engagement between writers and MTC. NEXT STAGE allows us to provide more opportunities for more writers, with better funding and deeper relationships with the Company.’ BRETT SHEEHY AO Artistic Director & CEO Standing: MTC Literary Director Chris Mead, Ellen van Neerven, Patricia Cornelius. Seated: Angus Cerini, Joanna Murray-Smith, MTC Artistic Director & CEO Brett Sheehy and Benjamin Law.


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Support Your MTC MTC Foundation

Each year as a Subscriber I waited with great anticipation for this brochure to land in my letter box, then I would sit down, pore over each show and relish the opportunity of planning my year of world-class theatre right here in my beloved hometown of Melbourne. Now, as Chair of the Foundation and a Board Member, I am so fortunate to ‘get behind the scenes’ to see how the season is created, crafted and finally programmed to bring you the very best. And, I must admit, it makes it even more exciting at this time of year as I can’t wait to share it with you. I have the great pleasure of meeting our Subscribers, many of whom, like me, are now Donors as well. It is wonderful to meet and talk with likeminded individuals, each with their own connection to the Company but united by a passion for theatre and a deep understanding of the important role MTC plays in the lives of so many Victorians. Working with the Foundation and MTC staff, I am also privy to the incredible amount of work and resources that go into presenting our productions. The imagination to take a story from page to stage, with the execution and development of all our shows across all departments from our extraordinary set and costume making, our directors and actors, to our ticketing and front of house. We aim to entertain, challenge and take care of you every step of the way. With this comes the ever growing need for philanthropic income to sustain a stable company so that we

can further realise our artistic goals and continue to present remarkable theatre and learning opportunities for generations to come. MTC is as ambitious off stage as we are on stage and we have big dreams for the future. Our plans include creating and developing landmark plays for the Australian canon, developing and growing our education program, touring internationally and bringing the best theatre from around the world to Melbourne audiences – but we need your help to make it happen. Much of what we do including our ground-breaking NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program; the Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course supporting 25 disadvantaged young people; and our annual tours and education activities in regional Victoria is only possible because of the donations we receive. As the state theatre company in Victoria we have a great responsibility to our audiences, our artists and future generations to ensure that our Company remains the vibrant cultural beacon that it is today. MTC is proud to embody the creative spirit that Melbourne and Victoria is renowned for. Our Donors play an integral role in helping us uphold that responsibility and we are exceptionally grateful to everyone who donates, particularly as government funding decreases and we become increasingly reliant on philanthropy. All donations to MTC go through the MTC Foundation, which is managed and governed by the Foundation Board. The Foundation Board and I ensure your donations are properly received, managed and invested –

and we take this governance role and the trust you have placed with us very seriously. Amongst the excitement of selecting your year of theatre ahead, I encourage you to consider the role MTC plays in your life and become part of our community of Donors by including a donation with your subscription. There are exciting times ahead at MTC and we hope you will continue with us on our journey. I hope you take as much pleasure in reading about our wonderful 2018 season as I did – we are in for another thrilling year. See you at the theatre.

Jane Hansen MTC Foundation Chair

BECOME A DONOR TODAY Donors who gift $1,000 or more enjoy VIP ticketing services, access to the best seats in the house, invitations to exclusive pre and post show events and unique access to the world behind the curtain. It’s easy to donate to MTC – simply include a donation on your subscription form or donate when you subscribe online. To learn more about donating to MTC, or planning a bequest, please speak to one of our Philanthropy team members. donations@mtc.com.au 03 8688 0954


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Clockwise from top left: Indigenous Scholarship participant Khan James-Parker, family friendly school holiday activities, primary students at Southbank Theatre, Work Experience participant Stella Bridie.


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Corporate Events at MTC Show your clients you truly value their business and share their interests with an unforgettable night of hospitality at Melbourne’s home of theatre.

‘How and where a business entertains is an integral part of corporate branding, and theatre, art and other less brawny spectacles are a significant alternative for companies keen to show they do business in innovative ways.’ AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

PREMIUM TICKETS

DELICIOUS CATERING

BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCES

Enjoy the show from the best seats in the house with our VIP booking service.

Indulge your clients with a range of catering and beverage packages tailored to your event.

Go behind the scenes and mingle with the cast and creative team in unique backstage settings.

PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOPS Need your top executives to shine under the spotlight? MTC offers exclusive presentation workshops hosted by experienced actors and theatre practitioners – the perfect option for your next corporate training or team–building day.

For more information, please contact the team at corporateevents@mtc.com.au


‘Our firm does lots of entertaining and this was certainly an unforgettable event. Our clients have been talking it about for months.‘ NICK NICHOLA K&L Gates Managing Partner, Australia

Exclusive backstage dining experience


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Thank you We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of our leading Donors

MTC LIFETIME PATRONS Acknowledging a lifetime of extraordinary support for MTC Pat Burke Peter Clemenger ao and Joan Clemenger ao Allan Myers ac qc and Maria Myers ac The late Biddy Ponsford Dr Roger Riordan am Caroline Young and Derek Young am

ENDOWMENT DONORS Supporting the long term sustainability and creative future of MTC Leading Endowment Donors $1,000,000+ Jane Hansen and Paul Little ao $20,000+ Tony and Janine Burgess Geoffrey Cohen Scholarship Orcadia Foundation Andrew and Tracey Sisson

$10,000+ Mim and Michael Bartlett Prof Margaret Gardner ao and Prof Glyn Davis ac Carolyn and John Kirby am Anne and Mark Robertson oam $5,000+ Robert Peck am and Yvonne von Hartel am Prof David Penington ac and Dr Sonay Hussein Renzella Family Anonymous

PLAYWRIGHTS GIVING CIRCLE Supporting the NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program. Louise Myer and Martyn Myer ao, Maureen Wheeler ao and Tony Wheeler ao, Christine Brown Bequest Naomi Milgrom ao, Allan Myers ac qc and Maria Myers ac, Tony Burgess and Janine Burgess Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener

ANNUAL GIVING Donors whose annual gifts help MTC to enrich and transform lives through the storytelling power of the finest theatre imaginable. Benefactor’s Circle $250,000+ Crown Resorts Foundation Packer Family Foundation $50,000+ The Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust The Cybec Foundation Maureen Wheeler ao and Tony Wheeler ao $20,000+ The late Betty Amsden ao dsj Dr Geraldine Lazarus and Greig Gailey Hutchinson Builders Caroline and Derek Young am Vizard Foundation Anonymous

$10,000+ Erica Bagshaw Mary Barlow The Janet and Michael Buxton Foundation The Cattermole Family Christine Gilbertson Macgeorge Bequest The late Noel Mason and Susanna Mason Craig Semple Luisa Valmorbida Anonymous (2) $5,000+ John and Lorraine Bates Sandy Bell and Daryl Kendrick Dr Andrew Buchanan and Peter Darcy Ian and Jillian Buchanan John and Robyn Butselaar Barry and Joanne Cheetham Tom and Elana Cordiner Joel Dodge and Family The Dowd Foundation Melody and Jonathan Feder

Robert and Jan Green David and Lily Harris Jane Hemstritch Linda Herd George Klempfner and Yolanda Klempfner ao Dr Caroline Liow Marshall Day Acoustics (Dennis Irving Scholarship) Ian and Judi Marshman Ian and Margaret McKellar George and Rosa Morstyn Daniel Neal and Peter Chalk Tom and Ruth O’Dea Leigh O’Neill Dr Pajouhesh (Smile Solutions) Alison Park Prof David Penington ac and Dr Sonay Hussein Jeanne Pratt ac Janet Reid oam and Allan Reid Christopher Richardson Trawalla Foundation Trust Anonymous (6)

Current as of July 2017. For more information about supporting MTC please contact our Philanthropy team on 03 8688 0959 or donations@mtc.com.au or visit mtc.com.au/support


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Celebrating our Partners MTC would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support.

Major Partners

Major Media Partners

Production Partners

Premium Season Partners

Season Partners

Marketing Partners

Southbank Theatre Partners

MTC is a department of the University of Melbourne.

MTC is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria.

MTC is a member of Live Performance Australia and the Australian Major Performing Arts Group.

Current as of July 2017. If you would like to join our corporate family, please contact partnerships@mtc.com.au


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Subscriber information ADDITIONAL TICKETS

GROUP SUBSCRIPTIONS

PAYING BY INSTALMENTS

A night at the theatre is a great experience to share with family and friends. Subscribers who purchase a 7–11 play package can buy additional tickets to any show in our 2018 Mainstage Season for family and friends at discounted prices.

Group subscriptions are available for a minimum of ten people booking for at least seven of the same performance dates and times, and are available for mail bookings only. All tickets must be purchased at the same time to qualify for the discount. Groups can be inclusive of concession priced packages at the appropriate rate, alongside others at the group package rate.

Subscribers paying by credit card can divide their total payment into four easy instalments. The first is payable when you subscribe, with the remaining instalments due on 4 January, 4 April and 4 June 2018.

These special prices are only guaranteed at the time of purchasing your subscription and may change for bookings made at a later date. Refer to the price list on page 32 for details.

HEAD BOOKERS CONCESSIONS MTC offers discount pricing for various groups. Concessions must be valid at the time of booking. Refunds are not available if you become eligible for a concession after you have booked. Pensioners and Seniors must provide their card number when booking. Full-time students must attach documentation of current full–time enrolment. University of Melbourne staff must provide a copy of their staff ID card. Proof of concession must be provided each season.

YOUTH CONCESSIONS Those aged under 30 (aged 29 and under) at the time of booking must include documentation indicating proof of age, such as a driver’s licence and a contact email or postal address.

Organising subscriptions for people not in your household? If you’re listed first on the booking form (and on the topmost form when multiple forms are submitted together) you will become our key point of contact in case of seating reallocation or other contingencies. Please note, the Head Booker is responsible for supplying correct contact, credit card and payment information at the time of booking. It is very important you include full names, details and email addresses of all those attending in your group. All tickets will be mailed to the Head Booker.

OPENING NIGHT PACKAGES Exclusive to MTC Donors donating $1,000+, a limited number of 2018 Opening Night subscription packages are available. Opening Night subscription tickets can be exchanged, however any price difference is non–refundable. Additional tickets are not available for Opening Nights.

The administration fee for this service is a one–off charge of $15 per card used and a contact phone number is required for each card holder.

PREVIEWS  Previews, marked in the Performance Diary, are the exciting first performances leading up to Opening Night. Please note that directors may need to halt the performance for technical reasons. Previews are presented at a discount price to compensate for any possible technical issues that may arise.


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PRIORITY PROCESSING FOR 11 PLAY FULL SEASON SUBSCRIBERS AND DONORS GIVING $1,000+ Existing 11 Play Subscribers receive exclusive priority processing of their 2018 11 Play subscription until 7 September 2017 ahead of all other Subscribers. New 11 Play Full Season Subscribers will receive this benefit when renewing their 11 Play package (or the largest play package on offer) for Season 2019. MTC Donors giving $1,000+ also receive priority processing, special seating and VIP ticketing services.

REFUNDS MTC follows the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice (see liveperformance.com.au for conditions). As such, tickets cannot be refunded after purchase except if an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated as outlined.

TICKET EXCHANGES Ticket exchanges are exclusive to Subscribers, so if you change your mind about which productions you’d like to include within your package, a variety of options are available. Free exchanges for Full Season Subscribers 11 Play Full Season Subscribers can exchange their 11 Play package tickets free of charge. 7 to 9 play Subscribers can exchange tickets for $4 per ticket. Subscriber additional tickets can be exchanged for $5 per ticket. How to exchange Exchanges are possible from 1 December 2017 subject to availability, and can be made either in person at the Southbank Theatre Box Office, by mail to 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank VIC 3006, or online for performances at Southbank Theatre. It is not possible to exchange MTC subscription tickets at the Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office. Exchanging for a different date: When exchanging into a different performance date of the same production, tickets need to be returned online or received by the Southbank Theatre Box Office at least 48 hours prior to the performance date indicated on the ticket.

Exchanging for a different production: Subscribers can exchange into another production within the same season, provided the exchange is into a production that is not already booked within the subscription package, and the exchange occurs at least one week before the first preview of the originally booked production. Donor Ticket Exchanges Exchanges for Donors ($1,000+) are handled by our VIP Ticketing Officer donorticketing@mtc.com.au or 03 8688 0953. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more at mtc.com.au/exchanges

WARNINGS MTC endeavours to include accurate content warnings, however, some production content does change within the rehearsal period and we encourage you to visit our website or call the Box Office before the show opens for up–to–date warning information. Warning signs will also be placed in the theatre foyer. For full terms and conditions, including information about content warnings, babies at performances, lost tickets and school bookings, please visit mtc.com.au/info


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Accessibility MTC is committed to making performances accessible to the widest possible audience, offering Audio Described, Captioned and Auslan interpreted performances, as well as Tactile Tours, wheelchair and mobility access and assisted hearing packs for all patrons.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION AND TACTILE TOURS

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Vision Australia provides audio description for selected performances. Let us know when booking if you require audio description, and collect a small receiver upon arrival at the theatre. MTC also offers tactile tours of the stage prior to certain shows. Dates are marked (Audio Described) and (Tactile Tour) in the Performance Diary.

In collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne there is a relaxed performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Thursday 25 January at 1pm. Relaxed Performances are for everyone who will benefit from a more relaxed environment but are specifically designed to welcome patrons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivity. Sound and lighting cues are adjusted to be less startling and patrons can leave the auditorium if they need a break. There is a relaxed attitude to noise, doors remain open and a designated quite area is available on arrival and during the show. A pre-show Visual Story is available for patrons to prepare for their visit and the performance. For more information please call the MTC Box Office on 03 8688 0800.

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES MTC partners with Arts Centre Melbourne and Auslan Stage Left to offer Auslan interpretation for selected performances. More information will be released at mtc.com.au before Season 2018 commences.

CAPTIONING AND ASSISTED HEARING SYSTEM MTC and The Captioning Studio provide live captioning for selected productions. Dates are marked in the Performance Diary. Hearing assistance is also available at Southbank Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne in the form of personal listening packs, which can be used with your hearing aid or with headphones. Simply ask theatre staff for assistance when you arrive.

WHEELCHAIR AND MOBILITY ACCESS Wheelchair access and seating that allows more room for the use of mobility aids are available in all theatres. Please make your requirements known when booking. HOW TO BOOK All accessible performances available are marked in the Performance Diary on pages 34–39. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you’d like to make use of any of these services. If you require assistance that is not covered here, please let us know. We are happy to help wherever possible. More information can be found online at mtc.com.au or by calling Southbank Theatre on 03 8688 0800.


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Dining and Bars Make more of your visit with our recommended restaurants and bars.

SOUTHBANK THEATRE FOYER BARS The Southbank Theatre Foyer Bars are the perfect place to meet friends before the performance or at interval. Foyer Bars open 90 minutes prior to all performances in the Sumner and 60 minutes prior to performances in the Lawler, offering a selection of Scotchmans Hill and Chandon wines, beers, cider, Dayesford & Hepburn Springs Co. soft drinks, confectionery, light meals and tea and coffee. For more information visit mtc.com.au/visit

THE DECK Located in the Southgate Melbourne Restaurant and Shopping Centre, The Deck offers both a la carte dining and delicious set menus, with spectacular views over the Yarra River. The Deck is approximately five minutes’ walk from Arts Centre Melbourne and ten minutes from Southbank Theatre.

SCRIPT BAR & BISTRO

TAXI KITCHEN

Within Southbank Theatre, Script Bar & Bistro offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and post–show supper. Script is open from 7am until late, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from two hours prior to 2pm matinees and one hour prior to 4pm matinees at Southbank Theatre. Book online at scriptbar.com.au, email bookings@scriptbar.com.au or call 03 8688 0881.

Taxi Kitchen is located within Federation Square above the iconic Transport bar, showcasing stunning views of Melbourne’s city skyline, the Yarra River and Arts Precinct. Taxi Kitchen is an ideal destination for a pre or post–show meal or drink, approximately five minutes’ walk from Arts Centre Melbourne and ten minutes from Southbank Theatre.

MELBA RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS BISTRO AND LOUNGE Downstairs offers a relaxed space for casual drinks and pizza, through to a full pre–show dining experience. The Downstairs menu features fresh seasonal produce offering a variety of dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Downstairs Bistro and Lounge is located on Sturt Street, approximately ten minutes’ walk from Southbank Theatre and fifteen minutes from Arts Centre Melbourne.

Melba at The Langham Melbourne is spectacular, engaging, and constantly evolving. Dynamically designed with interactive open kitchens and international cuisines including Chinese dumplings, Indian spice kitchen, Japanese sushi station, Malaysian turbo Woks and Italian pastas, come sample the excitement, theatre and creative genius of Melba. Approximately ten minutes’ walk from Arts Centre Melbourne and fifteen minutes from Southbank Theatre.


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140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank The iconic Southbank Theatre, home of Melbourne Theatre Company, houses the Sumner (559 seats) and the Lawler (162 seats) southbanktheatre.com.au

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne MTC also performs at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse (884 seats) and the Fairfax Studio (376 seats) artscentremelbourne.com.au

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Train Southbank Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne are both within a ten– minute walk of Flinders Street Station across the Princes Bridge. Arts Centre Melbourne is located on the right under the spire while Southbank Theatre is on Southbank Boulevard just past the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International). Tram For tram routes travelling along St Kilda Road, alight at the Arts Precinct Stop 14 (opposite NGV International) to walk to Arts Centre Melbourne or Southbank Theatre. Route 1 to South Melbourne Beach travels along Southbank Boulevard. For Southbank Theatre, alight at the Sturt St Stop 17 (opposite Melbourne Recital Centre).

Parking There is limited street parking in the St Kilda Road area. We suggest you choose one of the nearby commercial car parks, indicated on the map above, such as at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Ballet Centre, Wilson Southgate or Wilson Eureka. For ACROD/disabled parking, there are four bays beside Southbank Theatre on Dodds Street and multiple bays within the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park. Please note, there will be significant roadworks in the precinct in 2018, as part of the City of Melbourne's Southbank revitalisation project.

Details in this brochure are correct at the time of publication. MTC reserves the right to add, withdraw, and substitute artists and vary the program should the need arise. Creative direction Emma Wagstaff Editor James Wright Season photography Justin Ridler (except Gloria – James Hartley and Jo Duck) Stylist Sophie Woodward Copywriting Andi Lawson-Moore Talent manager Matthew Bebbington Design Daniel Cordner, Celeste Njoo Photoshoot coordination Sally Hitchcock With thanks to Romance was Born (A Doll's House, Part 2) Additional photography Jarrod Barnes, Jo Duck, Tim Grey, Benjamin Healley, Mandy Jones, MTC Education, Deryk McAlpin, Heath Warwick, Lachlan Woods.


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