PATRICK WHITE PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
'Explores the revolting nature of modern entertainment culture with hilarity and skill’ - Arts Hub
'An absolute delight.’ - Crikey
Arty is living a double life. In his head he is an explorer, a movie star, devilishly handsome. In his real life Arty is a blob, a beached whale, Jabba the Hutt in a housing commission flat. At 400kg and rising, he's a young man literally going nowhere.
With free life-saving surgery up for grabs, Arty and his devoted mum JoJo allow a film crew from Shocking Fat Stories to document his last desperate attempts to lose weight before the operation. Can Arty overcome his failings and live the ordinary life he's only ever imagined? Will physical transformation be his ticket to personal freedom? Using multimedia and puppetry, Beached is a dark satire about reality TV, love and the person behind the freak.
Beached is part of MTC's 2013 Education Program.