Melbourne, VIC

The Platypus Tickets

A play about Richard and Jessica and the messy ending of their relationship. And whether they can put the pieces back together.
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About The Platypus

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.

But what?

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

Run time

1hr 20mins (no interval)

Start date

June 19th, 2024

End date

July 6th, 2024




Not suitable for children


Theatre Works

14 Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3182


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.

More information about The Platypus

Playwright/Director: Francis Greenslade

Cast: Michala Banas and John Leary

Frequently asked questions

What is the running time of The Platypus?

The Platypus runs for 1hr 20mins (no interval).

Which theatre is The Platypus at?

The Platypus is at Melbourne's Theatre Works.

What is the age recommendation for The Platypus?

Not suitable for children

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