The Dragon

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Education

Suitable For: Years 7 to VCE

Best fit: Year 9 and 10

Curriculum Prompts: VCE Theatre Studies; VCE Drama: Solo and Ensemble; Drama; Literature; Politics; English;

Music

Themes and Motifs: Tyranny and revolution; Fairy Tales; Archetypal characters and stories; Comedy; Allegory;

Ensemble performance; Comparative study to Animal Farm

Language: A theatre performance in English.

Warnings: Nothing yet, but this is a new work so things may change.

Media

Download the Season 2013 Media Release or contact Media Manager Maria O’Dwyer.

The Dragon

27 June - 25 July
Merlyn Theatre

A witty, music-filled fairytale of heroes and villains.

A dragon has held sway over a cowering village for centuries, when a brave Lancelot arrives to vanquish the beast. The problem? The townsfolk have become quite fond of the tyrant and the impositions he makes … including the annual human sacrifice!

But don’t be fooled, there is more to this fairytale than meets the eye. Beneath the merriment lies a keen-witted exploration of political corruption and the perils of complacency. With Melbourne’s comic maestros Tripod bringing their iconic musical spoofery to the stage while playing the beast in question, and stellar performances from Jimi Bani (Mabo) and Kim Gyngell (Full Frontal), you won’t want to miss the laugh-until-you-ache hilarity of The Dragon.

Read the program

Watch the trailer

 

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Credits

THE DRAGON
by Evgeny Shwarz
Adaptation by Toby Schmitz
Music & Lyrics by Tripod

Directed by Marion Potts
Set & Costume Design Anna Tregloan
Sound Design David Franzke
Lighting Design Matt Scott 

Cast Jimi Bani, Tyler Coppin, Kim Gyngell, John Leary, Josh Price, Nikki Shiels, Tripod as The Dragon & other characters (Scott Edgar, Steven Gates & Simon Hall)

Photography: Scottie Cameron, Art Direction: Chase & Galley
Rehearsal Images: Lachlan Woods
Production Images: Jeff Busby

The Dragon contains coarse language and may not be suitable for children under 12. Parental discretion is advised.

Run Time 1 hour 40 minutes, no interval

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Magnify Your Experience

 So Soviet Drama
Saturday 6 July
There may or may not be shots of vodka involved in this short history and a reading of Soviet drama led by Malthouse Theatre’s resident Russophile and drama nerd, Van Badham.

TTT: Time to Talk
Tuesday 9 July, following the 6.30pm performance of The Dragon.

 Audio Description +  Auslan Interpretation
Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm

Support


Proudly supported by Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Australia’s three wise kings of musical satire ... make you laugh and think at the same time
— The Adelaide Advertiser on Tripod