Melbourne, Victoria

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About Loaded

Now I'm living in ecstasy.

Almost 30 years ago, Christos Tsiolkas’ debut novel Loaded painted a portrait of a young man who is restlessly searching for himself in opposing worlds. To this day, the story resonates with migrant and queer communities as a reminder that you are not alone.

Ari (Danny Ball, A Beginner’s Guide to Grief) is 19 and unemployed — he doesn’t want to be gay and he doesn’t want to be Greek. He doesn’t want to be anything. Drawn by the alluring pulse of Collingwood’s gay clubs, he finds an escape, and a family in the form of drag queens and one-night stands.

First adapted as the award-winning 1998 film Head On, then reimagined as an audio adaptation in 2020, Loaded finally takes the mainstage with director Stephen Nicolazzo (Looking for Alibrandi) joining writers Dan Giovannoni and Christos Tsiolkas (Merciless Gods) to present Ari’s anarchic odyssey that sees him travel the four corners of Melbourne.

Start date

May 5th, 2023

End date

May 28th, 2023



Recommended Age: 18yrs+ Warning: This performance contains frequent coarse language, and explicit descriptions of sex and drug use.


Merlyn Theatre - Malthouse Theatre

113 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3006


Ground floor of The Malthouse is accessible by wheelchair (enter via the ramp near the Box Office). The Merlyn and Beckett Theatre, MALT Kitchen & Pantry, Box Office, Bar and bathrooms are all located on the ground floor.


GETTING TO THE VENUE The historic Malthouse Theatre is located in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank.

BY TRAM: The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

BY TRAIN: Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

BY BIKE: Secure your bike to one of the many racks outside the foyer.

BY CAR: Limited on-street parking is available on Grant Street, Sturt Street and Dodds Streets. Two disabled parking spaces are just outside The Malthouse entrance on Sturt Street.

More information about Loaded

Writers: Christos Tsiolkas, Dan Giovannoni, from the novel by Christos Tsiolkas

Director: Stephen Nicolazzo

Cast: Danny Ball

Set and Costume Designer: Nathan Burmeister

Composer and Sound Designer: Daniel Nixon

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