reviews

mka shows since september 2010

J.A.T.O. pictured Stefan Bramble. photo by Sarah Walker

REVIEWS

2010…..
dogmeat by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Melbourne Fringe, La Mama)

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2011…..
Sleepyhead by Nathaniel Moncrieff (MKA Season One, MKA Pop-Up, Prahran)
22 Short Plays by David Finnigan (MKA Season One, MKA Pop-Up, Prahran)
The Horror Face by Glyn Roberts (MKA Season One, MKA Pop-Up, Prahran)
J.A.T.O. by Vedrana Klepica (MKA Season One, MKA Pop-Up, Prahran)
22 Short Plays by David Finnigan (Street Theatre, Canberra)
She’s A Little Finch by Elise Hearst (MKA Abbotsford Season, MKA Abbotssford)
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA Abbotsford Season, MKA Abbotssford)

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2012…..
Hose by Bridget Mackey (MKA Double Bill, TheatreWorks)
Tinkertown by Nathaniel Moncrieff (MKA Double Bill, TheatreWorks)
Tuesday. by Louris van de Geer (MKA Winter Season, MKA North Melbourne)
sex.violence.blood.gore by Alfian bin Sa’at (MKA Winter Season, MKA North Melbourne)
Triangle by Glyn Roberts (MKA Winter Season, MKA North Melbourne)
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Melbourne Return, MKA North Melbourne)
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
sex.violence.blood.gore by Alfian bin Sa’at (Sydney, Old Fitztroy)
The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ by Zoey Dawson (Melbourne Fringe)

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2013……
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (World Theatre Festival, Brisbane)
UnSex Me by Mark Wilson (Adelaide Fringe)
22 Short Plays by David Finnigan (Adelaide Fringe)
SOMA by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Adelaide Fringe)
Group Show (Speakeasy Northcote)
The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ (Brisbane Festival)
Kids Killing Kids (Melbourne Fringe)
Shows you won’t see (Village Festival)

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2014…..
dogmeat 
by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Fringe World, PICA Perth)
Party Time Giftset by Will Bride, Kat Henry, Matt Whitty (Fringe World, MKA Pop-Up Perth)
Unsex Me by Mark Wilson (Fringe World, Noodle Palace Perth)
Unsex Me by Mark Wilson (Mardi Gras, PACT Sydney)
Unsex Me by Mark Wilson (You Are Here, Canberra)
Like A Fishbone by Anthony Weigh (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, Food Court Docklands – Melbourne)
Unsex Me by Mark Wilson  (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, La Mama – Melbourne)
Thank You, Thank You Love by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, Melbourne)
The Defence by Chris Dunstan (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, Tuxedo Cat – Melbourne)
On the Grace of Officials by Emilia Pyhnen, Trans. Heidi Soidinsalo (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, Tuxedo Cat - Melbourne)
Sugar Sugar by Yve Blake (MKA Hyprtxt Festival, Tuxedo Cat - Melbourne)

2010

DOGMEAT By Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Sep23-Oct10 2010 (Melbourne)

“finely wrought, resonant text, and excellent performances.”
THE AGE 4 STARS

“The structure, the lateral movement of the themes and the directorial manner stand up as impressively novel. The performances from Banders, Furlani and Conor Gallacher are especially confident and rank as festival highlights.”
PRIMITIVE SURVEYS

“This is what happens when you don’t just let the bad shit in, you welcome it and actively get off on it.”
BLIND DRAGONFLY

“the writing is sharp… the performances are strong.”
RHUM.ORG.AU

“a robust piece with a real sense of the communal storytelling in which theatre has its origins”
WRITING ON A CHALKBOARD

2011


SLEEPYHEAD By Nathaniel Moncrieff

May10-May28 2011 (Melbourne)

“The drama is carefully ravelled and the tone is even throughout; the pace is measured and the delivery uncluttered. The plotting is especially wicked.”
CRIKEY.COM

“the standards of the genre are all there: the imperilled young girl, the monstrous male, the fusing of psychology and environment, the return of the repressed, the descent into hysteria.”
REALTIME

“Virsik’s play is impressive and grim…superb acting…brilliant set design…the most heartbreaking expression you are likely to see on stage for some time”
TIMEOUT

“masterpiece…outstanding show.. see this play; it is really, really good.”
RHUM.ORG.AU

“Excellent cast… A Powerful, dark story.”
MELBOURNE OBSERVER

“Intense, but worth every minute of it… An absorbing script, superb set design and strong delivery make this a compelling and thought-provoking 90 minutes of theatre…all of the actors turn in powerful performances. Highly recommended.”
THEATRE ALIVE

22 SHORT PLAYS by David Finnigan

May31-Jun18 2011 (Melbourne)

“an ideal snapshot of postmodern theory in theatrical form… a production that steadfastly refuses to take anything—least of all itself—with any seriousness…It’s very funny and deliberately pointless.”
REALTIME

“this rapid fire collection of 22 concentrated bits of comedy make this another MKA show worth seeing”
NOTHING CHALLENGING OR SPECIFIC

“edgy, absurd sketch comedy… the natural inheritors of the fast forward team …handled with effortless comic skill”
THE AGE

“Silly, messy and stupid- And proudly so.”
SUNDAY AGE

“22 Short Plays hits you like a slap in the face… I feel energised by the experience”
THEATRE ALIVE

“Great invention, energy and charisma…Exciting and insulting in equal measure.”
AND THEN YOU REACT

“Officially my favourite company this year. Bloody funny stuff…far funnier than any sketch show.”
AUSSIE THEATRE

“I loved this show.”
THEATRE-OF-WORDS

THE HORROR FACE By Glyn Roberts

Jun21-Jul09 2011 (Melbourne)

“surprisingly amusing at points; poignant at others and ultimately a very political play… Inspired and excellently executed performance.”
THEATRE-OF-WORDS

“Entertaining and discombobulating, an unsettling, eccentrically funny work, enriched by edgy performances”
THE AGE

“plenty upon which to ruminate…significance is left teasingly open.”
REALTIME

“A creepy triumph.”
PRIMITIVE SURVEYS

‎”the surreal scenarios hit the perfect balance between sense and nonsense, combined with the sparkling dialogue, ardent delivery, you’ll leave the theatre feeling both amused and intrigued”
TIMEOUT 4 STARS

“the best lion ever on a stage… fearless writing… MKA are a shot of adrenalin into the heart of Melbourne’s independent theatre.”
AUSSIETHEATRE

J.A.T.O. By Vedrana Klepica

Jul12-Jul30 2011 (Melbourne)

“Taught, tight, terrific, terrorist theatrics.”
THE AGE 4 STARS

“Thrilling in the best tradition of European political theatre… Tanya Dickson’s direction is impressive, setting the play up for some thrilling moments of dramatic discord”
TIMEOUT / PRIMITIVE SURVEYS

“deliciously dark… the most exciting new writing and emerging artists around”
AUSSIETHEATRE

“marvellous design and strong performances brimming with intriguing possibility…It’s proof that astute writing isn’t incompatible with the form of post-dramatic theatre and is an encouraging cap for MKA’s first official turn.”
REALTIME

“artistically and effectively staged with first-class actors.”
MELBOURNE OBSERVOR

“a testament to the abilities of this ensemble… depth beyond words.”
THEATRE-OF-WORDS

“A fascinating and effective piece of theatre that showcases some of Melbourne’s finest young talent. Even if gritty European theatre doesn’t quite sound like your thing, the space is worth a visit, if only for the intense intimacy of the production and the feeling of a cosy and welcoming theatre that you’ll no doubt want to return to.”
ARTSHUB

22 SHORT PLAYS By David Finnigan

Sep15-Sep18 2011 (Canberra)

“22 Short Plays descended into Lynchian absurdity…As with all experimental theatre the audience sits in the front rows at their own risk… a thoroughly enjoyable journey through early 21st century culture.”
RIOTACT

‎”a great show with a lot of laughs … Brad Williams and Kerith Manderson-Galvin burst into the energy of the show… then (Conor) Gallacher comes to the fore … his impeccable comic timing and carefully executed character changes”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

SHE’S A LITTLE FINCH by Elise Hearst

Nov15-Nov26 2011 (Melbourne)

“ her dialogue is fresh and natural… her writing is beautifully dark, painfully funny and stays with you long after the play’s end…the cast find the honesty and the pain in her subtext.”
SOMETIMESMELBOURNE/AUSSIETHEATRE.COM

“ some really gloriously awkward exchanges… Alexandria Steffensen and Dent both show off their range, and Kerith Manderson-Galvin perfectly captures the random awkwardness of the tween Josie.”
ARTSHUB.COM.AU

THE ECONOMIST by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Nov29-Dec10 2011 (Melbourne)

“An intelligent and considered piece of theatre.”
REALTIME MAGAZINE

“Van Badham’s tight, disarmingly imaginative and superbly acted production…Manderson-Galvin’s script is clever without being ostentatious, and poetic without sacrificing authenticity…impressive, psychologically sound and a surprisingly staid piece.”
THE AUSTRALIAN

“a potent and clinically performed work…incisive theatrical technique, fine ensemble performance and Badham’s brilliant direction… a daring (2011) finale for the dynamos at MKA”
THE AGE

“a wicked take on political delusion… get booking”
THEATRENOTES 

“the kind of mindf*ck that leaves you wobbly and wanting more”
AUSSIETHEATRE.COM.AU/SOMETIMESMELBOURNE

“the actors run a tour de force.. the skill of Manderson-Galvin and Badham create a thrilling spectacle.”
IL GLOBO

“Zoe Dawson does a terrific job, inhabiting the increasingly delusional Berrick/Breivik with presence and complexity…this ensemble piece is an elegant example of powerful story making…There is terrific talent at work here…uncompromising and original…a powerful, astute piece of theatre.”
ARTSHUB.COM.AU FOUR STARS

“more interesting political theatre than anything I’ve seen in Australia in a very long time….one of the most exciting theatre works I have seen this year. The writing, joyous and rich, has been put on stage with great dramaturgical and directorial intelligence.”
GUERILLA SEMIOTICS

“these guys are on the money…a highly engaging, energetic piece.”
THEATREPEOPLE FOUR STARS

“firmly in the hands of Van Badham: it’s invigorated…the best work yet by Manderson-Galvin..he’s taken a huge risk which has paid off…Good theatre was once defined as work that holds a mirror up to society to reveal its flaws. By that, and any other definition, this is good theatre.”
RABBIT HOLE

“Scintilating writing…A spine tingling climax…Theatre that is bold and unique.”
PROMPTSIDE

“the play is fascinating… script poetic and thoughtful…direction keeps the whole thing moving like a freight train”
KEITH GOW.COM

“the production is driven by the pure genius of the writing. Melbourne playwright Tobias Manderson-Galvin has written an incredible piece of political satire.”
RUSHCROWDS FIVE STARS

2012

THE ECONOMIST by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

One night only, Feb 2012 (National Play Festival, Malthouse Theatre / Melbourne)

“a jam-packed show which had a really well developed megalomaniac protagonist at its very deep core”
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT 

HOSE by Bridget Mackey

Feb21-Mar03 2012 (Melbourne)

“ funny and engaging…a well-crafted piece of writing…Director Alister Smith has captured the unsettling and mechanical feel of the beauty salon perfectly.”
ARTSHUB FOUR STARS

“Beautifully directed by Alister Smith”
MELBOURNE OBSERVER

“It all came together very well. I couldn’t pick fault with Hose. It gripped, it disturbed, it was a strong and confident piece of writing well matched by strong and confident acting.”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

“Where MKA has gotten these talented young actors from I have no idea, but they’re definitely worth checking out, and Alister Smith’s direction is firmer than an unripe peach.
Go forth and buy tickets.”
CAMERONWOODHEAD

TINKERTOWN by Nathaniel Moncrieff

Feb21-Mar03 2012 (Melbourne)

“FOUR STARS”
ARTSHUB

‘Critics Choice’
TIMEOUT

“The audience ends up laughing as someone dies, uncomfortably bizarre, but that’s the genre. Tinkertown is under the expert direction of MKA Artistic Director Tobias Manderson-Galvin… Outstanding performances from Rebecca Mezei and Steven Kennedy.”
MELBOURNE OBSERVER

‘Steven Kennedy as Chester had a commanding stage presence. Rebecca Mezei as the sullen teenage daughter was an absolute treat to watch. ”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE 

‘a Tarantino-like romp, it might be the trashiest show onstage in Melbourne”
CAMERONWOODHEAD

TUESDAY. by Louris van de Geer

Jun06-Jun23 2012 (Melbourne)

“wickedly satirical and entertaining…(van de Geer) Armed with a wry wit and acute powers of social observation… uncompromisingly grim.”
TODADWITHLOVE

“This is the most exciting piece of theatre I’ve seen this year.”
AUSSIETHEATRE.COM

“Louris van de Geer has a keen eye.. a natural and engaging writing style that illuminates her characters’ interior worlds set against against an increasingly sinister external one.”
THE AGE

“The detail in the writing is superb.The story is cleverly played, the acting is convincing and strong. Tuesday is a fine piece.”
ARTSHUB

SEX.VIOLENCE.BLOOD.GORE by Alfian bin Sa’at

Jun27-Jul14 2012 (Melbourne)

“the standout theatre production of 2012″
THE AUSTRALIAN

“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.”
THE AGE FOUR STARS

“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

“a seductive production…Catherine Davies is spectacular…Whitney Boyd is hilarious…chalk this one up as another win for MKA.”
TIME OUT FOUR STARS + CRITICS CHOICE

“ Go see it.”
ARTSHUB FOUR STARS

‎”Stephen Nicolazzo directs a compelling production…The performances are outstanding.”
THEATENOTES

“a brilliant production… brilliant performances…”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

‎”an engaging, absorbing, often highly amusing work beautifully presented by gifted, articulate, eloquent actors playing with restraint and irony. …Go MKA!”
STAGE WHISPERS

TRIANGLE by Glyn Roberts

Jul23-Aug04 2012 (Melbourne)

“innovative yet grounded production from the fascinating pen of writer Glyn Roberts.”
STAGE WHISPERS

“I love the theatre like this exists.”
AUSSIETHEATRE

“MKA round out strongest season yet with surprisingly sophisticated supernatural innercity cri de coeur.”
ANDREW FUHRMANN (TIMEOUT)

“Triangle is fucking stunning work. Spare/smart/funny/brutal. If I were you I’d book now, it will sell out, guaranteed.”
DECLAN GREENE, PLAYWRIGHT

“Go check out Triangle at MKA, heaps of fun”
PATRICK MCCARTHY, MUTATION THEATRE

“Almost every element in Tanya Dickson’s production is cleverly realised: the statuesque use of space, the expressionist shadowplay of Rob Sowinski’s lighting, and performances that rove from camp drollery to discomforting intensity.”
THE AGE

The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Jul20-Jul21 2012 (Melbourne)

“A brilliantly acted, supremely directed and deeply disturbing piece.”

THE NORTH&WEST MELBOURNE NEWS

The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Aug02-Aug27 2012 (Edinburgh)

“Respectful and thought provoking. A must see show”

THE STAGE CRITICS CHOICE + MUST SEE

“Raw, passionate and daring.”

THE TIMES

FIVE STARS “Exceptional theatre… Left me shaking.”

THREE WEEKS

FIVE STARS “Not to be missed.”

THE SKINNY

FIVE STARS “Accomplished script… Faultless ensemble.”

A YOUNGER THEATRE

FIVE STARS “Raw agit-prop theatre at it’s most daring.”

PUBLIC REVIEWS

FOUR STARS “Uncompromising theatre.”

BROADWAY BABY

FOUR STARS “Hauntingly beautiful.”

FRINGE BISCUIT

FOUR STARS“A stunning and imaginative script.”

FRINGE GURU

The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ by Zoey Dawson

Oct04-Oct14 2012 (Melbourne)

“Zoey Dawson doesn’t break the rule so much as bludgeon it to death and take liberties with the corpse”
THE AGE / CAMERON WOODHEAD FOUR STARS

“Hot. Sad. Tender. Clever. Emotional. That’s how the playwright describes it.”
TIMEOUT FOUR STARS / CRITICS CHOICE

“The Unpoken Word is Joe is just the cat’s pyjama… I look forward to seeing that last sentence fragment, out of context,”
ARTSHUB 
FOUR & A HALF STARS

 the best piece of theatre I have seen in years...go and see this play, don’t miss it…This most marvellous piece of theatre epitomises everything I love about the form.. instantly classic.
THEATREPEOPLE FIVE STARS

clever, witty… unique…refreshingly honest…very,very clever… hilarious…writing is funny, poignant, reflective…hones in so precisely and poetically on emotion…  exceptional performances…moved, truly moved… Nikki Shiels never missed a beat…Not to be missed this Fringe.
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

“raw, clever, deceptive, meta and keeps you constantly guessing.”
THEMUSIC.COM.AU

2013

The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Feb13-Feb18 2013 Brisbane Powerhouse, World Theatre Festival

New theatre at its most exciting: uncompromising, fearless and unrelentingly, disturbingly human.”
THEMUSIC.COM.AU

“unsettling in the best possible way”
CRITICAL MASS

“MKA is creating theatre to change the course of theatre. It’s disturbing on a level that goes far beyond any traditional thriller, leaving us cold, and wondering about the future of the human race.”
XS ENTERTAINMENT

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Unsex Me by Mark Wilson

March 2013 MKA Pop-Up Producers Garden, Adelaide Fringe Festival

“Not Entertaining.” 1 STAR
TONY BUSCH – ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE

“7pm” 2 STARS
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Great conviction and a spontaneity that will have you wondering what hit you. But be warned Unsex Me is extremely confronting and conservative minded folk may well walk out wiping their brow.”
HECKLER

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22 Short Plays by David Finnigan

March 2013 MKA Pop-Up Producers Garden, Adelaide Fringe Festival

“the punch line is the first victim…  unstinting in their commitment to the silliness”
B. BROOKER – MARGINALIA

“keenly observant, sometimes hilarious, sometimes bizarre, sometimes enigmatic: certainly entertaining.”

ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE

“Lots of energy and engagement with wonderful surreal moments”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“MKA certainly hit the mark with this presentation”
HECKLER

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SOMA by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

March 2013 MKA Pop-Up Producers Garden, Adelaide Fringe Festival

“mass audience ejections and more WTFs-per-minute than I previously thought possible. Loved it.”
FESTIVAL FREAK

“a radical reinterpretation…
violently pushing against theatrical boundaries…
an almost vicious refusal to permit its audience to become bored.”
B. BROOKER – MARGINALIA

“perceptive social commentary”
E. SHAW – ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Not your average night out at the theatre: completely present in the immediacy of its delivery and what he gives of himself. MKA!”
RIP IT UP

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GROUP SHOW

BY BRIDGET MACKEY, MAXINE MELLOR, NAKKIAH LUI, CHLOE MARTIN & LEILA RODGERS
March 2013 SpeakEasy, S1, Northcote Town Hall

“like an early David Lynch film… Nakkiah Lui’s is outrageously funny;Maxine Mellor’s is like a more sentimental Lynch on steroids.”
THE AGE

“MKA do it again! The best direction of a short-play season that i’ve seen… See it and discover that short plays can be wonderful.”
AUSSIETHEATRE/SOMETIMES MELBOURNE

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THE UNSPOKEN WORD IS ‘JOE’

BY ZOEY DAWSON
SEP 2013 BRISBANE FESTIVAL / QUT THEATRE REPUBLIC

” meta-fiction at its cunning best…  clever piece of theatre….A sneaky play in the very best of ways”
BRISBANE TIMES

“like watching a friend get really drunk and embarrass herself. You don’t really want to watch, but you do anyway, because you can’t quite believe things could turn so bad.”
THE GUARDIAN

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KIDS KILLING KIDS

BY TOO MANY WEAPONS
(JORDAN PROSSER/SAM BURNS-WARR/GEORGIE MCAULEY/DAVID FINNIGAN)
SEP/OCT 2013 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL / ARTSHOUSE – THE WAREHOUSE

“excellently deliberate”…”Kids Killing Kids comes together seamlessly.”
CONCRETE PLAYGROUND / Meg Watson

“An incredible story… A remarkable story… We must be thankful for this insight into the ongoing power of theatre to excite, confuse and dismay.”
TIMEOUT / Andrew Fuhrmann

“I came out of Kids Killing Kids raving. I LOVED it.”
SOMETIMES MELBOURNE / Anne-Marie Peard

“The production of Kids Killing Kids is slick: the writing is sharp…Is it a documentary? Is it theatre? Either way, MKA: Kids Killing Kids is going to leave any artist with a lot of questions about the complex roles we play in creating theatre and what boundaries we should and should not cross.”
THEATRE PRESS / Myron My 

BEST IN FRINGE 
MIGHTYMY / Myron My

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SIDE EFFECT

BY ELOISE MAREE / MAXINE MELLOR / DANIEL EVANS / DANIEL MALONEY
SEP/OCT 2013 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL / ARTSHOUSE – THE LANEWAY

“MKA fucks this city in a back alley, whispers dirty secrets and stalks off into the night”
SCHOOLFORBIRDS

“The perfect example of why I love fringe theatre. It’s messy, it’s thought provoking, it’s unapologetic, it’s sexy.”
FOUR AND A HALF STARS
BEAT MAGAZINE / M. Clark

“Uniquelly compelling… One hell of a show.”
THEMUSIC.COM.AU / Glenn Waller

“some shockingly beautiful writing, some terrifically strong acting and some guaranteed laughs!”
WORDSBYANNIEROSE

“Full of sex and dark humor and it really does conjure Fortitude Valley in all its brutal boozing vulgarity.”
BEAT MAGAZINE / J. Robin


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UNSEX ME

BY MARK WILSON
MAR 2013 - Melbourne Fringe

FOUR STARS
“About three-quarters of the way through Mark Wilson’s solo performance this reviewer realised he was way out of his depth and watching something so layered and complex it couldn’t possibly all be processed… Will challenge and change your life and mind.”
S. Bell – Melbourne Leader

“a bravura performance”
N. Harris - Mortal Words

Top Ten Fringe Shows “undoubtedly one of the most committed and bravest actors I have ever seen on stage, and he is also very talented.”
M. My – Mighty My

2014

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DOGMEAT

BY TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
FEB 2014 – PICA, Blue Room’s Summer Nights / Fringe World, Perth

FOUR AND A HALF STARS
“As moving as it is horrifying but for all its carnage and obscenity, Dogmeat tells its story with a meticulous respect for narrative very much in the great tradition of knockabout Australian theatre. “
D. Zampatti From the Turnstiles /full review at The West Australian 

“It’s darkly comic, ugly, cynical, anarchic, violent, sexually-charged and in-your-face.”
H. Bower – Crikey

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UNSEX ME

BY MARK WILSON
MAR 2014 – PACT: Centre for Emerging Artists, Sydney

“Structured with elegance and performed with exuberance, Unsex Me is brave, clever and fierce.”
C.Wake, Realtime Arts Magazine

“Woah. What the fuck. This play is incredible. It’s the coolest small-scale play I have seen in years, the coolest one-man show I have ever seen, and very much not for the faint-hearted / bashful / easily offended.”
- The Brag

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LIKE A FISHBONE

BY ANTHONY WEIGH
JUN 2014 - MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival, Food Court ARI Docklands Melbourne

“When words no longer suffice, blows must follow…The two leads tackled the piece wonderfully.”
J.Jackson - Aussie Theatre

“Theatre mavericks… the abandoned, soulless air of the Docklands proves a fitting backdrop to the play’s exploration of faith and architecture.”
C. Woodhead - The Age

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UNSEX ME

BY MARK WILSON
JUN 2014 – MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival, La Mama Courthouse

“Contentious, provocative and arresting.”
J. Jackson – AussieTheatre

“An animal of an entirely different species…dirty, gritty, intimate.. every decision is astoundingly deliberate.”
M. Theodorakis – Catalyst

3.5 Stars
“Mark Wilson is fearless…tackles questions about the myriad of human flaws, weaknesses and hypocrisies.”
L. Romeo - Toorak Times

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU LOVE

BY TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
JUNE 2014 – MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival, Tuxedo Cat

“playful, thoughtful, scattered, indulgent and gloriously obnoxious…
conviction in every moment…absolutely irresistible.
Theatre lives at MKA..”
B. Neutze – Crikey

“Frenzied, subversive, anti-theatre explosion of energy that hits you hard. Kinda like you’d dropped a repeater fireworks box over an open flame then looked down to see what would happen.”
J. Daniel – The Music

“You can’t possibly imagine what this show is.. Hypnotic and entertaining as hell. You could play laugh bingo- the audience gave every kind of laugh there is.. You won’t be forgetting this.”
J. Miles – YAWP Mag

Thank You, Thank You Love is extraordinary… it’s a chaos that’s alive…  brute force and an overpowering energetic drive; beautifully profound moments and evocative language.”
J.Jackson – AussieTheatre

“messy, kooky and embracing – funny and fun… An orgy of chaos… disarming and highly enjoyable.”
S. Sandow – Stage Whispers


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THE DEFENCE

BY CHRIS DUNSTAN
JUNE 2014 – MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival, Tuxedo Cat

“Ultimately, The Defence is a strong work, matching the quality and integrity that has come to characterise the HYPRTXT festival. It is a piece with something to say – and what it says is important.”
J. Jackson – AussieTheatre


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SUGAR SUGAR

BY YVE BLAKE
JUNE 2014 – MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival, Tuxedo Cat

“text and dialogue is refined and there are some truly powerful images… great shifts in mood and tempo as well as the colourful, candy-fuelled explosions of eat-vomit-rave-repeat, which are scrumptiously unnerving and vibrant.”
J. Jackson – AussieTheatre