Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Dan Giovannoni explores themes of activism, community and hope in SLAP. BANG. KISS., a rollercoaster contemporary performance directed by Prue Clark that unravels what it means to ‘go viral’ and asks, can young people really change the world?

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of all remaining performances of Torch the Place, Emerald City, Berlin, SLAP. BANG. KISS., Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, The Heartbreak Choir, Fun Home and True West. 

f you have a ticket for any of these productions, you can find further information about your ticketing options here.

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Best New Writing Award (Jurassica)

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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 Wangaratta Woolies, people rally around Darby and Daniel as the boys lock lips in an attempt to set the world record for the longest kiss.

Can young people really change the world? Multi-award-winning playwright and MTC Writer in Residence Dan Giovannoni knows they can. In SLAP. BANG. KISS. he tracks three young people whose stories kick-start 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?

Director Prue Clark (The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You) delivers a bold production exploring themes of activism, community and hope for MTC’s acclaimed Families and Education Program.



SLAP. BANG. KISS. was commissioned through MTC’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.


School Bookings

MTC’s Education Production SLAP. BANG. KISS. has had its Southbank Theatre season and regional tour cancelled.

MTC intends to distribute a filmed performance of SLAP. BANG. KISS. for schools, however Government directives related to COVID-19 have unfortunately made it necessary to delay rehearsals. We understand that this is disappointing, however MTC is committed to producing this project and we are working towards a live streamed performance in early September. As soon as details are confirmed, we will update schools through the MTC Education eNews and social media, and drama education networks.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

Tahlee Fereday

Tahlee Fereday

Immi / as cast

Artwork for Artemis Ioannides

Artemis Ioannides

Sofia / as cast

Artwork for Conor Leach

Conor Leach

Darby / Aiden / as cast

Prue Clark

Prue Clark


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

The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006