Dropped is a fascinating, lyrical and thought-provoking show. Funny and witty, dark and sad, this is a show that shouldn’t be missed.

Myf Clark for Beat Magazine

Dropped (photography: Jessica Grace)

A darkly comic two-hander by award-winning playwright Katy Warner, in which military traditions blend with broken hearts and just a hint of Beckett …

Set in a room that is filling with snow, two women soldiers sift through the debris to find a sense of themselves amongst the memories and lies, pop-culture references and stereotypes. They have been told to protect the base but it’s been so quiet for so long and the vodka has run out, the radio is broken and the baby won’t stop crying.


For premiere season: 2013 Melbourne Fringe Awards – Highly Commended – Best New Writer (Katy Warner) | Victorian Green Room Awards – Nominated – Director, Independent Theatre (Prue Clark) | Victorian Green Room Awards – Nominated – Lighting Design, Independent Theatre (Amelia Lever-Davidson)


Dropped provides a theatre experience that is not to be missed at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival; creating satisfying entertainment for theatre-goers who are up for the unusual and thought provoking. 4.5 / 5 stars – ArtsHub, October 2013

 … Dropped is a very strong piece of theatre. Katy Warner’s script is brutal and moving in turns … If you like Beckett riffs and occasional screaming, along with smart writing and gripping, even sickening tension, then Dropped will provide. – Crickey, October 2013

There is an effective lyricism to the writing, as seemingly disconnected anecdotes are woven together through circular motifs. There are some funny moments, mostly dark and sometimes just outright absurd … The writing is witty and the two actors Olivia Monticciolo and Matilda Reed deliver their banter with confidence. While the message of the play is not explicitly stated, it draws out some interesting ideas about the way our brains cope with harsh realities and memories can quickly disappear – like snow on the tongue. – Beat Magazine, October 2013

Performance History

First performed at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival and remounted for 2014 La Mama Theatre season with the following cast and creatives:

Written by Katy Warner | Director Prue Clark | Performers Matilda Reed, Olivia Monticciolo (Fringe) and Brigid Gallacher (La Mama) | Set and Costumes Lucy Thornett | Lighting Amelia Lever-Davidson | Sound Kahra James-Scott | Producer Jemima Hogg and Katy Warner | Stage Management Jemima Hogg (Fringe) and Lyndie Li Wan Po (La Mama) | Publicity Images Jessie Prince | Production Images Jessica Grace

Other productions include:

The Goods Theatre and Red Line Productions at Old Fitz, Sydney

Gobsmacked Theatre Company at Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Two Tall Theatre at Newcastle Fringe (Aus)


Dropped is published by Playlab Indie.


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