Cybec Scenes 2

Cybec Scenes 2

2 March

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Readings of excerpts of works-in-development from three playwrights.

Truly Madly Britney by Alberto Di Troia

Adam and Steve – die-hard Britney Spears fans, long-term boyfriends and Savage Garden doppelgängers – are in America on a pilgrimage along the holy sites of Britney’s 2007 breakdown. But when their meet-and-greet tickets for Britney’s concert residency in Las Vegas are inexplicably cancelled, everything begins to fall apart.

With the cracks in their relationship deepening, the couple are forced apart and plunged on an increasingly absurd journey through burgers, morphine, stolen Make-A-Wish gifts, bad Croatian accents, vomit, guns, sex, and mistaken identity. On finally confronting Britney’s shiny façade, Adam and Steve must rediscover their love for each other if they are to escape the dark heart of American pop culture.

The Body by Dan Giovannoni

A scrap of land in contested territory. An underpopulated village rife with secrets, lies, and double-crossing idiots. A cantankerous matriarch with a mouth like a sniper and a past like her mouth. And in the middle of it all – a body, fallen from a plane shot out of the sky. Maybe an accident, probably a warning, definitely a problem.

The Body is a pitch-black comedy about nationalism, war and how to gut a chook.

Burning Man by Natesha Somasundaram

There is Harry (Hari) and there is Charlie (Chalini), and there is their mother Priya (she’s had a bit of a stroke), and there is her occupational therapist Evan (he’s the only one that’s not brown, fyi). There is a Fitbit and a Google Home, and there is a decent-sized television broadcasting crusty genitals (it’s Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 9) and there is a calendar from 2015 (it’s the free one from the temple) and there is mould in the cracks (it’s probably soap scum), and paint on the floor (it’s art) and if you look hard enough, you can see a man burning alive.

This is a middle class family like you’ve never seen before.

Artwork for Alberto Di Troia

Alberto Di Troia

<p>Alberto Di Troia is a Melbourne-based playwright and filmmaker and a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film &amp; Television) and Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he was awarded the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship, The Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Erwin Rado Memorial Prize for Excellence. His short film <em>Blood Trust</em> has played festivals both nationally and internationally, as has his short-film editing work. As a playwright he has been produced independently in Melbourne and Adelaide, and in 2016 his short play <em>Coast</em> was produced as part of Australian Theatre for Young People’s show <em>All Good Things</em> and later adapted for <span class="caps">ABC</span> Radio National. Alberto was a 2016 <span class="caps">ATYP</span> Fresh Ink mentee, and has been published by Currency Press and Voiceworks.</p>

Maggie Naouri

Maggie Naouri

Tahlee Fereday

Tahlee Fereday

Mark Coles-Smith

Mark Coles-Smith

Jean Bachoura

Jean Bachoura

Sun Park

Sun Park

Luke Kerridge

Luke Kerridge

<p>Luke Kerridge is an award winning theatre director. His most recent work, <em>Bambert&#8217;s Book of Lost Stories</em> (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), won a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children and was nominated for Best New Australian Work (2016). It has toured nationally (<span class="caps">STCWA</span>/AWESOME Arts/QPAC/Arts Centre Melbourne) and internationally (Edinburgh International Children’s Festival/Gulbenkian Theatre, UK). Luke won a Green Room Award for his direction of <em>Dream Home</em> (Darebin Speakeasy) in 2015, with the production nominated for a further 6 Awards. Luke’s other directing credits include: <em>The Exact Dimensions of Hell</em> (<span class="caps">MTC</span> Cybec Electric), <em>Eurydice</em> (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), <em>The Wonderful World of Dissocia</em> (<span class="caps">VCA</span>), <em>Group Show</em> (<span class="caps">MKA</span>) and Orlando (<span class="caps">VCA</span>). Works with young people include: <em>Banjos, Boots &amp; Beyoncé</em> (St Martins/The <span class="caps">SUBSTATION</span>), <em>Fitter. Faster. Better.</em> (Tour Director, St Martins/Junction Arts Festival/Darwin Festival) and <em>Tell it Like it Isn’t</em> (<span class="caps">ATYP</span>). Luke completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012 where he was the recipient of Grace Marion Wilson Trust and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship. He is currently the Artistic Associate at St Martins Youth Arts Centre.</p>

Natesha Somasundaram

Natesha Somasundaram

<p>Described as ‘puerile, offensive and mind-bendingly smart’, Natesha Somasundaram writes viciously funny stories that are sometimes sad and often weird. Natesha has previously developed work with Playwriting Australia and has had work presented at the 2016 National Play Festival, 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and has performed as an actor at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her 2017 play <em>Jeremy and Lucas buy a Fucking House</em> sold out at La Mama Explorations and will be presented at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Natesha is a Writer in Residence at Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the <span class="caps">NEXT</span> <span class="caps">STAGE</span> Writers’ Program.</p>

Artwork for Dan Giovannoni

Dan Giovannoni

<p>Dan Giovannoni lives and works in Narrm/Melbourne. His plays include <em>Merciless Gods</em> (adapted from the book by Christos Tsiolkas for Little Ones Theatre), <em>Jurassica</em> (Red Stitch), <em>Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories</em> (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), <em>Turbine</em> (Malthouse Theatre) and <em>Cut Snake</em> (Arthur). In 2016, he was awarded a Green Room Award for <em>Jurassica</em> (New Writing for the Australian Stage) and a Helpmann Award for <em>Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories</em> (Best Presentation for Children). Plays in development include <em>House</em> and <em>Little Prince, Big Prince</em> (further collaborations with Bambert director Luke Kerridge), and <em>Mad as a Cute Snake</em> with Amelia Evans. Dan is currently under commission from Arena Theatre Company (<em>Air Race</em>) and is a winner of a Mike Walsh Fellowship 2016. He is a Writer in Residence at Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the <span class="caps">NEXT</span> <span class="caps">STAGE</span> Writers’ Program.</p>

Rohan Mirchandaney

Rohan Mirchandaney