Shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, this new play is from multi-award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni (Merciless Gods). SLAP. BANG. KISS. tracks three young people whose stories kickstart a series of events none of them could have anticipated, transforming them into global symbols of revolution. But when their stories go viral and the whole world is watching, what will they do next?
Exploring themes of activism, community and hope, this MTC NEXT STAGE commission is part of Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed Families and Education Program.
Dan Giovannoni has written plays for families, young people and adults that have been produced across Australia in theatres, school halls, parks, tents and even a barn outside of Hobart. Plays include The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker (2022), HOUSE (2021), Mad as a Cute Snake (2019), Air Race (2018), Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories (2016), Jurassica (2015), Cut Snake (2011) and two adaptations of Christos Tsiolkas’s writing, Merciless Gods (2018) and Loaded (2020). He has won three Green Room Association awards – for Loaded, Merciless Gods and Jurassica – and Bambert's Book of Lost Stories won a Helpmann award for Best Presentation for Children, and was nominated for Best New Australian Work. He was an inaugural writer-in-residence at Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, where he was commissioned to write The Body and SLAP. BANG. KISS. A graduate of NIDA, Dan lives on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne with his husband, daughter and two dogs.