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This is a Door ~ this weekend!


[image from This is a Door 2012 Selected Works Season]

We're thrilled to have the playful and innovative Pop Up Playground back at Theatre Works this weekend, as part of their This is a Door festival of games, play and participatory performance.

Pop Up Playground is all kinds of fun: you'll have secrets to keep, stories to discover, cities to save, monsters to escape from, parties to throw and a wild time.

The Pop Up Playground team use game systems and structures to make immersive performance and participatory events.

“Let's hope the carnival returns. This is a Door is a disarming and enjoyable experience with broad appeal.” The Age

“seldom do you see so many adults so carefree all in the one place.” Australian Stage

This short video will give you more insight into what will be going down this weekend:

Come play at Theatre Works and be immersed in the world ofThis is a Door.
Bryce Ives
Associate Creative Producer
Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Theatre Works
Date: 29 Nov 2013 - 01 Dec 2013
Time: Fri 7.30pm, Sat & Sun 1pm, 4pm, 7.30pm
Preview: Fri 4pm $15
Price: $25 full / $20 conc / $18 groups 8+ [plus booking fee] BUY NOW



PLAYING GAMES




As we prepare for a weekend of playing games, we catch up with No Show’s Mark Pritchard and Bridget Balodis, associates and friends of Pop Up Playground and designers of one of the games being played this weekend.

THEATRE WORKS: So, you're Theatre Makers. Why are you making games?
NO SHOW: We just want to get lost in a story, and games throw you straight in the deep end. You can float, you can sink, or just start kicking and you thrash your way to the surface. And while theatre tends to aspire for repeatable, games demand to be different every time you play. It challenges us as artists, but the rewards are something you feel through your whole body.

THEATRE WORKS: As associates and friends of Pop Up Playground, describe the work and experience of This is a Door.

NO SHOW: This is a Door is ridiculously fun, you kind of lose yourself in that space. There'll be experimental new games and re-imaginings of classics (Giant Kerplunk is going to be awesome). It's a really energetic, consuming experience, but the set up lets you find your own way through it, playing, making, watching or ref-ing as you like. Dress comfy and bring a mate. We'll be taking you out the back to play-test a new project we're calling "Doomsday". But if I told you about it I'd have to kill you Bryce (and anyone who reads this... whoever you are...) I don't want to do that.

THEATRE WORKS: What games are you looking forward to this weekend?
NO SHOW: Well yesterday we caught Sayra Lothian out the front of Theatre Works, sawing into broom handles to make hobby horses for Ethereal Valkyrie. I don't know the rules yet but I reckon that could be one not to miss! Then one of my favourite ones to watch is Feed You Family which is a team sport involving giant bird puppets, people get very competitive in that one!

THEATRE WORKS: What should we expect from this new instalment of games?
NO SHOW: Well if you've been before I'm sure there'll be some of your favourites but there's a heap of new stuff, including a guest spot from a couple of Sydney gamers, makers of the very popular Gob Stopper Job. You should expect to get carried away, to be challenged (mentally and physically) and to have a big smile on your face all day.



Have you ever wanted to pilot a mighty robotic war machine?




Hunting down your foes in your very own teched out Mech warrior?
Well you cant. But for three days at the end of November you can come very close.
These Mechs cannot be piloted alone however, you will need a copilot and together you will take the fight to the streets of St Kilda
completing objectives and destroying other Mechs as you go.
An Experimental live gaming experience as part of This is a Door.
1 hour, no interval, played outside [meet in the foyer at Theatre Works at least 15 minutes before you go in to battle]
Date: 29 Nov 2013 - 01 Dec 2013
Time: Fri 7.30pm, Sat & Sun 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm
Price: All tickets $30 [plus booking fee] BUY NOW



Thank You For Being a Friend




As part of Midsumma 2014 Miami's four favourite Golden Girls - Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche - reunite in puppet-form for this lovingly hilarious live tribute show. 'Thank You For Being A Friend' is the ultimate Golden Girls experience, delivering all the classic dialogue, razor sharp gags and taboo-breaking stories you'd expect. Having previously played to sold out audiences in Sydney this show now comes to Melbourne for Summer!
Date: 07 Jan 2014 - 18 Jan 2014
Time: Tue-Sat 7.30pm, & Fri 9.30pm & Sat 2pm
Price: $47 full / $40 conc [plus booking fee] BUY NOW



Lay of the Land




Acclaimed for his charged, funny and sexy performance work, Tim Miller takes up the most challenging queer social texts of our time. In 'Lay of the Land' Miller charts the origin of queer love and desire from a 9 year old's perspective, a lifetime of battling homophobia in the US, a gay political protest orgy that brings down the government, and finally to the moment he married his Australian husband, writer Alistair McCartney, in NYC on the day the Defence of Marriage Act was overturned. A fierce and funny performance exploring the Slings and Eros of outrageous queer fortune.
Date: 19 Jan 2014 - 25 Jan 2014
Time: Sun 19 at 7pm, Fri 24 & Sat 25 at 8.30pm
Price: $30 full / $25 conc & grps 8+ [plus booking fee]
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The Worst of Scottee




Premiere Event Midsumma Festival 2014 [presented by Theatre Works]
Winner – Total Theatre Award for Innovation (Edinburgh Fringe 2013)
In this wicked and hilarious Australian premiere, Scottee encounters past flames, ex-friends and people who no longer like him in attempt to find out where he went wrong…
Everyone has done stuff they regret and most people bury it in the past. Six months ago Scottee hired a psychotherapist and a filmmaker to dig up his past. Scottee wants to find out what people really think of him. Why did he pretend to have AIDS? What prompted him to steal money from his nan? Why did he tell everyone his friend committed suicide when she hadn’t, and what caused all this behavior in the first place?
Performed in a photo booth, this humbling and genuine performance exposes you to four snapshots of Scottee’s troublesome teens, presenting you with even more reasons not to like him.
This is Scottee at his very worst.
Written and performed by Scottee
Directed by Chris Goode 'A theatre-maker who's up there with the very best' - The Guardian.
Date: 20 Jan 2014 - 25 Jan 2014
Time: Mon-Sat 7:00pm
Price: $32 full / $25 conc & grps 8+ [plus booking fee]
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Queering the Body - A Performance Workshop with Tim Miller




As part of Midsumma 2014
Jan 21-26 2014
This week long performance workshop will be an intensive exploration for a group of queer and queer-allied participants into creating original performance that explores the charged border between our "queered" bodies and society...our narratives and our politics...our private selves and public view. We will shape our discoveries into an original public performance for Midsumma at the end of the workshop week.
This project is presented by Theatre Works and supported by the Monash Academy of Performing Arts and the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies, Monash University.
For more information and to book a place on this week long workshop please visit our website.
Date: 21 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014
Time: Tue to Sat from 11am to 2.30pm & Sun from 1 to 5pm
Price: $200 full / $150 conc [plus booking fee] BUY NOW
Queering the Body: Performance at 5pm on Sunday 26 January. $30 full / $22 conc & groups 8+ BUY NOW



THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT ~ Dirty Pretty Theatre




As part of Midsumma 2014
Presented by Dirty Pretty Theatre and Theatre Works
A frighteningly evocative theatrical work telling the story of a brutal love affair between a fashion designer and her female muse and model.
THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT tells the story of a damaging and emotionally brutal love affair between a fashion designer and her female muse and model.
Produced by Dirty Pretty Theatre and directed by Gary Abrahams THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT provides a welcome return to the festival for the team who brought audiences the critically acclaimed ACTS OF DECEIT (BETWEEN STRANGERS IN A ROOM) as part of the Midsumma Festival in 2010.
“Powered by polished, passionate performances from a first class cast, and directed with finesse, it adds up to must see theatre: complex, honest and powerful” - The Australian (Acts Of Deceit Between Strangers in A Room- Midsumma 2010)
Date: 29 Jan 2014 - 08 Feb 2014
Time: Wed-Sat 8pm, Tue 6.30pm, Sun 5pm & Sat 3pm matinee
Price: $33 full / $25 conc & groups 8+ [plus booking fee]BUY NOW


Thank You For Being A Friend

7 to 18 Jan 2014
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Lay of the Land

19 to 25 Jan 2014
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The Worst of Scottee

20 to 25 Jan 2014
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Queering the Body

21 to 26 Jan 2014
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Queering the Body Performance

Sun 26 Jan at 5pm
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THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

29 Jan to 8 Feb 2014
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