Cybec Scenes 1

by Mama Alto, Mararo Wangai & Keziah Warner

Thursday 28 March, 7.30PM

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Readings of excerpts of works-in-development by Mama Alto, Mararo Wangai & Keziah Warner.

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Readings of excerpts of works-in-development by Mama Alto, Mararo Wangai and Keziah Warner.

The Bathroom by Mama Alto

Claudia, a prominent transgender author, is promoting her debut novel Tituba as part of a residency at the Municipal Library of a small town that’s hosting its first ever Pride Festival. In preparation for the big event, Meryl, from the town’s church group, proposes gender-neutral bathrooms. But when a young woman is assaulted in the new bathrooms, escalating tensions spark a witch-hunt implicating the last person to come into town: Claudia.

The Bathroom is a funny, surprising and brutal comedy about community, identity, morality and gender.


Accra Hips and All by Mararo Wangai

Bessie is not sure where she fits in. Her mother Ama wants her to embrace her Ghanaian culture, but she feels more connected to the country she has grown up in: Australia. When a cousin in Ghana dies, Bessie’s mother is insistent that she return to take part in a traditional ritual to grieve and reconnect with her family. But Bessie doesn’t want to go. She can’t even be sure her mother is talking about the Ghana that exists now, or the Ghana she left twenty years ago.

A heart-warming and thought provoking new play about family, culture and fitting in.


Help Yourself by Keziah Warner

Joni is in her thirties. She works in a café, gives great relationship advice and has a perfect boyfriend. Jon Paul is funny, kind, clever, almost too good to be true. In fact, he’s completely too good to be true: he’s imaginary. This is fine when it’s just the two of them, but when her Mum invites him over for dinner, Joni is put in a very tricky spot. Telling the truth will damage her relationship with her Mum, but how will she find a stand-in boyfriend at such short notice?

A hilarious new rom-com looking at the social pressure to be in a relationship and the cult of self-help.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Artwork for Mama Alto

Mama Alto

The Bathroom

Playwright

Artwork for Mararo Wangai

Mararo Wangai

Accra Hips and All

Playwright

Artwork for Keziah Warner

Keziah Warner

Help Yourself

Playwright

Artwork for Bridget Balodis

Bridget Balodis

Director

Bridget has just returned to Melbourne after two years living in New York. She trained as a director at the VCA and Australian National University. Bridget is interested in new Australian writing and is co-director of experimental theatre company NO SHOW with Mark Pritchard. As a dramaturg/director Bridget has developed work with playwrights Emilie Collyer, David Finningan, Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans, Alex Duncan and Rachel Perks. Her recent directing credits include Moral Panic (Darebin Arts 2017) Angry Sexx (Melbourne Fringe 2014), Kids Killing Kids (2014 Next Wave Festival), Laughing Wild (Rani Pramesti, 2014), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Independent 2013), The Good Girl (Melbourne Fringe 2013), and Hoods (NORPA 2010). As NO SHOW, she co-created The Séance (LaBoite Indie 2013, 2012 Melbourne Fringe), Unfinished Business (You Are Here 2013, Crack Theatre Festival 2013), Outside Line (Federation Square 2013) and Shotgun Wedding (2012 Next Wave Festival). Bridget was assistant director on The Dream (Bell Shakespeare, 2014), The Histrionic (The Malthouse/STC 2012) and has interned with Manhattan Theatre Club and Elevator Repair Service in New York. She was also selected for MTC’s Women Directors Program in 2014.

Shareena Clanton

Shareena Clanton

Cast

Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton

Cast

Lachie Pringle

Lachie Pringle

Cast

Charles Purcell

Charles Purcell

Cast

Naomi Rukavina

Naomi Rukavina

Cast

Nikki Viveca

Nikki Viveca

Cast

The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006