Playtime Staged Readings
Witness the first staged readings of brand new queer focused theatre worksPresented by Gasworks Arts Park in association with Midsumma Festival
Playtime aims to identify, support and develop new talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy. The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country.
Join us for a unique night in the theatre to witness the first staged readings of brand new queer focussed theatre works. Playtime aims to identify and develop new talent and get queer stories out there for mainstream theatre audiences to enjoy.
Playtime Staged Readings 2018 features excerpts from new plays by playwrights Adam Fawcett (Lab Kelpie), Jayden Walker, Jessica McKerlie and Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA Theatre of New Writing).
Now is your chance to experience these fresh new 15 minute excerpts, meet the creators and have your say to help select the Playtime favourite – a work to receive ongoing support and development to become a full scale work and be presented at Midsumma Festival 2019.
The ultimate aim of Playtime is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.
Jayden Walker's Pink Triangles tells the true story of Heinz Heger, who was imprisoned in a Nazi Concentration camp for being homosexual, and the injustices he continued to face post war. Born and raised in Melbourne, Jayden was always destined to perform and create. After graduating with a B.A. in drama and sociology, Jayden went straight into preforming, turning his high school experience into a one man show, Arts Captain. Continuing to pursue both academic and theatrical interests, 2018 will see Jayden begin his Honours degree in sociology, as well as continuing to create and perform his own work.
Jessica McKerlie's Body is a comedic look at how a non-binary human interacts with and interprets feelings from inside a body that doesn't always feel like home. Jessica is a performance artist based in Melbourne. Poetry, cabaret, ukulele, drag, and circus are some of the mediums she uses to explore themes of identity, sexuality, gender and love on stage.
Tobias Manderson-Galvin's The Natural Disaster is a subversive and political queer comedy that inverts Greek myth to tell the story of Therese - a woman who leaves her husband, changes her sex, and takes over the world. A contemporary adaptation of the first Surrealist text, this is a staggeringly funny, headlong odyssey of feminism and pacifism, that drags a 1903 drama of power and patriarchy into the 21st Century. Tobias Manderson-Galvin is a creative leader, artistic director, performance maker, writer, dancer, and cat-sitter from Melbourne, Australia. He's best known as Artistic Director/CEO/Co-Founder of MKA | Theatre of New Writing.
Adam Fawcett's Become the One explores the budding romance between a seasoned AFL player and a younger man, and examines the hyper-masculinity of sport and what happens to clandestine relationships when good intentions and patience aren't enough anymore. Adam Fawcett is an emerging playwright and fiction writer, with his most recent work The Anniversary published by n-Scribe magazine. He is also co-founder and Creative Producer of independent new-writing theatre company Lab Kelpie, with Artistic Director, Lyall Brooks. Adam has produced all of Lab Kelpie's shows since the company's debut in 2013, including the award-winning A Prudent Man, which featured at the Brisbane, Darwin and Hawkes Bay (NZ) Festivals in 2017.