Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre has announced its 2013 season.
While the MTC down the road attempted a shabby reworking of Shakespeare’s classic King Lear this year with Robyn Nevin as Queen Lear, the Malthouse seems to be on a better track with its offering of another reworking of Lear in The Shadow King. Part of the 2013 Melbourne Festival, the play will resonate the history and current circumstances of Indigenous Australia.
Stephen Sewell (The Blind Giant Is Dancing and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America) will be represented by a production of his play Hate, first performed as a co-production between Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre and the forerunner of the Malthouse, Playbox Theatre, in 1988.
Next door neighbours, contemporary dance company Chunky Move, join forces with Malthouse Theatre to present 247 Days in March; “an exploration of human dynamics within the context of a shifting Australian landscape”.
April will witness an adaptation of August Strindberg’s work The Dance of Death. The Swedish playwright’s original comedy in 1900 consisted of a boxing match between a couple in the midst of a dysfunctional marriage. Malthouse Theatre’s Dance of Death is a comic adaptation by Friedrich Durrenmatt with an English text by Tom Holloway.
Also of note in Malthouse Theatre’s 2013 season is White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, a play about a 29 year-old character unable to leave their country. This work by Iranian write Nassim Soleimanpour will see a new person handed the script each night to perform a cold reading of the text. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit premiered simultaneously at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and SummerWorks Festival, Toronto, in 2011 and has since been performed around the world. Actors performing in this production will include Rodney Afif, Alison Bell, Shareena Clanton, Ming-Zhu Hii, Bert LaBonté, John Leary, Caroline Lee, Brian Lipson, Genevieve Morris, Brian Nankervis, Sam Pang, Meredith Penman, Greg Stone & Magda Szubanski.