4 Stars: “both a nightmare and a wet dream… poetic, hilarious, deeply affecting and decidedly queer… It’s a terrific play, and compulsory viewing for anyone serious about theatre..” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
4 Stars: “a seductive production…Catherine Davies is spectacular…Whitney Boyd is hilarious…chalk this one up as another win for MKA.” Time Out
4 Stars: “ Go see it.” Artshub
“Nicolazzo directs a compelling production…The performances are outstanding.” Allison Croggon, Theatre Notes
“This is why we go to the theatre” AussieTheatre.Com
“rarely does theatre leave me truly hot. Giddy. Skipping down the street and punching the air. Like I was last night.
SVBG is such an important Australian artistic event.” Ming-Zhu Hii, Theatre Maker
”an engaging, absorbing, often highly amusing work beautifully presented by gifted, articulate, eloquent actors playing with restraint and irony. …Go MKA!” Stage Whispers
“a brilliant production… brilliant performances…” Australian Stage Online
BY ALFIAN BIN SA’AT
ABOUT THE PLAY
When sex.violence. blood.gore was first performed, it was in a basement, in secret and the company did not advertise. It was 1999, and it was Singapore. When the police found out, two scenes had to be removed. The show is now presented to you fresh from a spectacular Melbourne season. Pink, hot and in as virginal a state as it can be, scenes intact and the authorities unaware.
In S.V.B.G enfant terible Alfian bin Sa’at takes the facade of a rigid, orderly society and peels it away to reveal chaotic and climaxing passions.
A repressed Geography teacher reveals her nymphomaniac tendencies to her 10yr old nephew during a visit to her sister. Two capital L ladies from a colonial past yearn for lesbian relationships with their Cantonese maidservants. Japanese soldiers visit their favourite man-whore for one last time after Japan’s surrender. Two working class teens meet a pair of transvestites on an MRT train. And then there is an apparition who is part pornographic star of ‘the World’s Biggest Gang Bang’, part first Prime-Minister of Singapore: Annabel Chong + Lee Kuan Yew. Annabel Lee.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Writer Alfian Bin Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!ld Rice. He is a published author, with two poetry collections: One Fierce Hour and A History of Amnesia, as well as a collection of short stories: Corridor. His works have been read and performed in other cities such as Kuala Lumpur, London, Zurich, Berlin and Stockholm.
PLAYWRIGHT ALFIAN BIN SA’AT
CO-WRITER CHONG TZE CHIEN
DIRECTOR STEPHEN NICOLAZZO
FEATURING CAITLIN ADAMS / ZOE BOESEN / WHITNEY BOYD / CATHERINE DAVIES / GENEVIEVE GIUFFRE / MATT ‘FOOT LONG’ FURLANI / AMY SCOTT SMITH
PRODUCER GLYN ROBERTS
SET + COSTUME DESIGNER EUGYEENE TEH
COSTUME MAKER TESSA LEIGH WOLFENBUTTEL PITT
LIGHTING DESIGNER YASMIN SANTOSO
SOUND DESIGNER CLAUDIO TOCCO
PHOTOGRAPHER/TRAILER SARAH WALKER
ABOUT BEING THERE
LOCATION THE OLD FITZROY THEATRE
SEASON FIVE SHOWS ONLY SEP04-SEP08
Tuesday September 4th 2012 8.00pm; Wednesday September 5th 2012 8.00pm; Thursday September 6th 2012 8.00pm; Friday September 7th 2012 8.00pm; Saturday September 8th 2012 5.00pm
TICKETS CONCESSION $25 / ADULT $33 / PLAY MEAL SHOW DEAL $41