19 Apr — 30 Apr 2022

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

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.

Approx. 1 hour, no interval

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Please note, that for this event, no latecomers will be admitted from 10 minutes after the scheduled start time of each performance.

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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.'

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2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award shortlist


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.


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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.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

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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.

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Amelia Lever-Davidson

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The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006