Reasons to Stay Inside opens at Melbourne Fringe

photo credit Hayden Bevis

Reasons to Stay Inside has opened at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

A departure from my usual work, this is a play for kids and families. I wanted to create a piece that I could share with my nieces and nephews. I also really wanted to tell a story about anxiety. I think this is a show I would have liked the 10 year old version of myself to see – so I knew I wasn’t alone and so I could talk about it more easily with my family. Maybe.

Reasons to Stay Inside is about Pedro who, one day, just can’t go outside. Instead, he builds a giant pillow fort. And he won’t leave it. Flora, his best friend, tries everything she can to get Pedro to come back outside. You can’t stay in your fort forever, can you?

A show for 8 to 108 year olds about irritating best friends, dancing pegacorns, pillow forts and that weird anxious feeling.

Playing at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall – Tuesday 22 September to Saturday 3 October (no shows Monday or Sunday) 1pm (45 minutes). Tickets available online or call 03 9660 9666.

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Directed by Prue Clark

Starring Emma Annand and Oliver Coleman

Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson

Set, Props and Costume Design by Yvetter Turnbull

Sound Design by Lachlan Millsom

Stage Management by Luke Preer

Written and Produced by Katy Warner

 

Dropped in Sydney

The Goods Theatre Company, based in Sydney, are presenting Dropped at the Old Fitz Theatre this December.

I am so excited about this. As a playwright I always dreamed of my work being picked up and staged in other cities – my dream has come true. I have never met the team behind this new company (although I am aware of their excellent reputation) and feel so … humbled … is that the right word for this? … I feel excited and thrilled and over the moon that Dropped is having a new life, another life, in another city with a group of talented people who will bring their own interpretations, ideas, opinions, joy, sadness, memories and hopes to the words I wrote.

I cannot wait to see it.

When: 8 – 20 December, 2015

Where: Old Fitz Theatre – 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW

Who: Directed by Anthony Skuse, performed by Olivia Rose and Melita Jurisic

Website: http://www.oldfitztheatre.com/dropped/ 

 

And … check out The Goods Theatre Kickstarter Campaign to help get the show off the ground …

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Dropped published by Playlab Indie

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The legends over at Playlab have just published Dropped through Playlab Indie.

You can now get your own hands on your very own (digital) copy and recreate moments from the show in your lounge-room.

Playlab Indie is committed to promoting independent work and providing exposure for playwrights. They are doing great work for Australian playwrights and independent theatre. Check them out!

Dropped – opens soon at La Mama

Photography by Jessie Prince

 

Dropped. Actor: Matilda Reed / Photographer: Jessie Prince

 

Dropped is gearing up for its return season at La Mama Theatre, Carlton.

This time around, Brigid Gallacher joins Matilda Reed on-stage in this all-female production, directed by Prue Clark.

Tickets are available now: http://lamama.com.au/summer-2014/dropped/