Look, I wanted to write something about the audience.
Sometimes in the theatre we can be guilty of producing work for ourselves rather than for our audience. I wanted to write a play for the people that go to the theatre. About their/our actual existence.
I think the most important decision we make in our life is the decision as to who will be our life partner. Of course, shall I lock the state down for two months, or do we invade Ukraine, are perhaps more far reaching decisions, but for most of us, picking our main squeeze is the big one. We tie ourselves to that one individual and commit ourselves for the rest of our lives (or until we get jack of them) to sharing resources, joys, griefs and simply experiences with them, and with them exclusively, (again, unless we’ve got some sort of thrupple going on.)
And so that’s what this play is about. Not about thrupples. I didn’t put that very well.
It’s about Richard and Jessica and the messy ending of their relationship. And whether they can put the pieces back together.
It also stars two brilliant actors, Michala Banas and John Leary. They’re at the top of their game. And they need to be because of the hoops that this play makes them jump through. And it makes them jump through some doozies. Really.
The platypus is a strange creature. It’s composed of odds and ends. As though Evolution got tired late one afternoon and stopped paying attention to what it was doing. It seems wrong somehow. Misshapen. Strangely put together. A curiosity.
Just like this play.
Please do come. Francis Greenslade
1hr 20mins (no interval)
June 19th, 2024
July 6th, 2024
Not suitable for children
GETTING TO THE VENUE: Tram and bus services provide regular stops and pick-ups within the Fitzroy and Acland Street shopping precincts, both just a short walk from Theatre Works.
BY TRAM: Tram route: 12, 16 & 96.
BY BUS: Bus route: 600 Southland Shopping Centre to St Kilda Station / 623 Glen Waverley to St Kilda Station / 246 Elsternwick to Clifton Hill.
BY CAR: There is limited street parking available - it is advisable to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Playwright/Director: Francis Greenslade
Cast: Michala Banas and John Leary
The Platypus runs for 1hr 20mins (no interval).
The Platypus is at Melbourne's Theatre Works.
Not suitable for children
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