MORAL PANIC by Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis
Armed with a cup of menstrual blood and a digital ouija board, Andy and Evie meet in the forest to hex Evie’s uncle. They’ve been talking to a dead witch online, she’s given them a spell but asked for a pretty big favour in return. What could possibly go wrong? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The arrival of Evie’s weird aunt, and Sue-Anne, the Mayor’s daughter, forges an unlikely coven and propels the story down into the nauseating dream-logic of the underworld. They must learn to speak the mother tongue. They must listen to the crone and the crow.
Calling on the almighty spectre of the Witch, MORAL PANIC unleashes all that is terrifying and unknowable about queerness and womanhood. It is an unsettling hallucination, an occult thriller and a very dark comedy. This savage new performance work from the award-winning team behind GROUND CONTROL (Next Wave 2016) and ANGRY SEXX (Melbourne Fringe 2014), asks how do we tear down the monument of masculinity, and what tools can we find in the dirt?
Writer: Rachel Perks
Director: Bridget Balodis
Set and Costume Designer: Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Designer: Jai Leeworthy
Dramaturg: Emma Valente
Creative Producer: Natasha Phillips
Production Manager: Adelaide Harney
Stage Manager: Steph Young
Cast: Kai Bradley, Chanella Macri, Eva Seymour and Jennifer Vuletic
Photography: Sarah Walker
Question and Answer Performance facilitated by Morgan Rose: Friday 16 November
Relaxed Performance: 2pm, Saturday 24 November
Auslan Interpreted Performance: 8pm, Thursday 22 November
This work has been supported by The Malthouse Theatre, The City of Melbourne in partnership with Creative Spaces, and Next Wave Festival.
This production has been assisted by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Besen Family Foundation.
14 November - 24 November, 2018
Wed - Sat 8pm, Sunday 6pm, Sat matinee 2pm (Sat 24 November)
Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre
FULL $33, CONC/STUDENT $28, PREVIEW $25
Warnings: Haze, Loud noises, Partial nudity, Strong language, Supernatural themes, Adult content, References to gendered violence, Strobe lighting
Ages 14 +