30 July — 21 September 2024

National Tour

Exploring themes of activism, community and hope, this bold new play from multi-award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni tracks three young people whose stories transform them into global symbols of revolution.

65 minutes, no interval

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This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Snappily directed by Katy Maudlin, the work races along in a gripping, always entertaining hour.'

Time Out Melbourne

About the Show

SLAP. A video of 16-year-old Immi hitting a security officer goes viral. BANG. Sofia’s impassioned speech for the victims of a school shooting makes international news. KISS. In the car park of a small-town supermarket, people rally around Darby and Daniel as the boys lock lips in an attempt to set the world record for the longest kiss.

Featured on the VCE Theatre Studies Playlist for 2024, this award-winning play from renowned playwright Dan Giovannoni (Merciless Gods) returns to the stage after an acclaimed 2022 debut season. 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, director Katy Maudlin (Meet Me at Dawn) delivers a bold production for Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed Education & Families Program.

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SLAP. BANG. KISS. was commissioned through Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.


Contact your local arts centre below for more information or to book: 

Bunjil Place, Narre Warren VIC
Tue 30 Jul, 10am & 12.30pm
03 9709 9700

The Potato Shed, Drysdale VIC
Thu 1 Aug, 11am & 1pm
03 5251 1998 

West Gippsland Arts Centre, VIC
Tue 6 Aug, 7pm
03 5624 2456

paranaple arts centre, Devonport TAS
Fri 9 Aug, 11am & 7.30pm
03 6420 2900

Portland Arts Centre, VIC
Wed 14 Aug, 7pm
03 5522 2263

Kingston Arts Centre, VIC
Fri 16 Aug, 7pm
03 9556 4440

The Wedge, Sale VIC
Thu 22 Aug, 11am & 1pm
03 5143 3200

The Round, Nunawading VIC
Sat 24 Aug, 7.30pm
03 9262 6555

Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre, VIC
Tue 27 Aug, 12pm
03 5722 8105

Riverlinks Shepparton, VIC
Thu 29 Aug, 10.30am
03 5832 9511

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW
Tue 3 Sep 7.30pm
02 6926 9688

The Cube, Wodonga VIC
Thu 5 Sep, 7pm
02 6022 9311

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, NSW
Wed 11 Sep, 11am & 7pm
02 6285 6290

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, NSW
Tue 17 Sep, 11am
02 6333 6161

Bondi Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Wed 18 Sep, 7pm
02 9083 8000

The Art House, Wyong NSW
Sat 21 Sep, 7.30pm
02 4335 1485


Exclusive worldwide agent for engagements: Nicholas Clark Management

Dan Giovannoni


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

Artwork for Katy Maudlin

Katy Maudlin


Artwork for Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Set & Costume Designer

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Amelia Lever-Davidson

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Ian Moorhead

Ian Moorhead

Composer & Sound Designer