'Snappily directed by Katy Maudlin, the work races along in a gripping, always entertaining hour.'
2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award shortlist
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 Woolies, people rally around Darby and Daniel as the boys lock lips in an attempt to set the world record for the longest kiss.
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, director Katy Maudlin (Cybec Electric 2021) delivers a bold production of this MTC NEXT STAGE commission for the 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.
This production of SLAP. BANG. KISS. was developed in 2019 and 2020 under the direction of Prue Clark and with the participation of Tahlee Fereday and Artemis Ioannides.
SLAP. BANG. KISS. Education Pack
A resource pack for teachers and students to learn more about SLAP. BANG. KISS. with links to the VCE Drama curriculum.
SLAP. BANG. KISS. Set Design Virtual Tour
Explore Kate Davis's set design for SLAP. BANG. KISS. that can transform to evoke various locations for a wide variety of characters.
SLAP. BANG. KISS. programme
Discover more about Dan Giovannoni's bold new play exploring themes of activism, community and hope.
SLAP. BANG. KISS. on stage
Explore production photos from SLAP. BANG. KISS. live on stage at Southbank Theatre.
Tsungirai Wachenuka in conversation
We chat to actor Tsungirai Wachenuka during rehearsals for SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Sarah Fitzgerald in conversation
We chat to actor Sarah Fitzgerald during rehearsals for SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Conor Leach in conversation
Actor Conor Leach provides insight into his character and discusses how he's exploring contrast in rehearsals for SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Composing and sound designing SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Composer and Sound Designer Ian Moorhead discusses the key elements in his design for SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Lighting SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Lighting Designer Amelia Lever-Davidson discusses how she uses a range of fixtures to create many different worlds for SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Dan Giovannoni on SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Playwright Dan Giovannoni discusses the origins and evolution of his gripping new work.