Four plays about Melbourne. Now.
Flagstaff station. A peninsula beach. Sherbrooke Forest. A Northside home. MTC’s Cybec Electric play reading series returns to Southbank Theatre, The Lawler in February and March 2016 with new works from a selection of five of Australia’s most promising playwrights.
The plays by Rashma N. Kalsie, Justine Campbell & Sarah Hamilton, Bridget Mackey and Louris van de Geer will each have two public, semi-staged readings by professional actors, with the assistance of directors and dramaturgs.
With each play set in seemingly everyday Melbourne locations, these playwrights see through the placid and the ordinary to the comedy, the cruelty, the fear, the foolishness, and the deep, dark desires, that seethe, seep and echo across our town.
MTC’s Cybec Electric opens with The Day I Left Home – Melbourne Talam by Rashma N. Kalsie, which tells the story of three people at Flagstaff station who just can’t seem to follow the rhythm of the city.
From Award winning duo Justine Campbell & Sarah Hamilton of HUMAN ANIMAL EXCHANGE comes Untold, a story about two estranged sisters who are reunited by the death of their mother and set with the difficult task of settling the estate.
The Exact Dimensions of Hell by Bridget Mackey tells the thrilling expedition of two companions desperate to stop a cult leader getting out of prison.
Closing the Cybec Electric series is The Son by Louris van de Geer, a heart wrenching play about a married couple who realise their cleaner desperately wants something back from their house that she cannot have.
MTC Literary Director and Cybec Electric curator Chris Mead said, ‘No work of art is complete without an audience. And in this year’s Cybec Electric we have brilliant stories and amazing actors, really great drama, hot creative teams and powerful, sinuous, ferociously smart writing. We can’t wait to share all that with an audience. That’s when the electricity really happens.’
Cybec Electric is an integral part of MTC’s commitment to developing and presenting new Australian plays.
Cybec Electric is only possible due to the support of Roger Riordan AM and The Cybec Foundation.
Venue Southbank Theatre, The Lawler
Dates 25 February to 5 March 2016
Tickets $10 each ($30 for a 4-play pass),
Under 30s $5 each ($15 for a 4-play pass)
Bookings Southbank Theatre Box Office on 03 8688 0800
For more information about Cybec Electric visit mtc.com.au/cybec-electric