Content Warnings

Melancholia, 2018

CONTENT WARNINGS

Malthouse Theatre is a new work company, meaning that a lot of our productions are being written and rehearsed in-house, before premiering on one of our stages. 

A lot can change along the journey from concept to production, as scripts are redrafted, actors make discoveries, designers bring in new elements, and directors make big changes right up to Opening Night. 

We publish content warnings for all our shows to give you an idea of what to expect, and we do our best to keep this information up-to-date throughout rehearsals as the show takes shape. 

We do our best to warn you well in advance regarding what you’re about to see, but it’s important to be aware that things may change at the last minute.

You’ll find age recommendations and content warnings here on our website, pre-show emails, in your program and in the foyer on the night. If you do like to know what you’re in for, check back in here for the latest information. 

If you have further questions, you can always email or call us before your visit, or speak to our Box Office and Front of House teams on the night for more information or advice.

Education Bookings / if you would like to discuss any of these warnings further please contact our Education team / education@malthousetheatre.com.au

BE ADVISED THAT THE BELOW CONTENT WARNINGS CONTAIN SPOILERS

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All warnings are subject to change, please check back closer to the time of performance for an updated list of potentially sensitive content.

Full list of potentially sensitive content /

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
This production uses cultural appropriation strategically as part of the bigger discussion around the politics of representation, who gets away with it and who doesn’t.

HAZE
This production uses some theatrical haze.

OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
One of the performers repeatedly misgenders a transgender person, and is repeatedly corrected on it. There is modest use of coarse language, and reference to racist language.

SEXUAL ASSAULT
There are references to personal experiences of sexual assault, though its not gratuitous and not described in any detail. The performers also discuss ‘statutory rape’ as a plot device in opera.

STOLEN CHILD
The performers recreate a scene from an opera in which a child is forcibly taken from their mother. 

 

This is a new work. It may contain violence, blood, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

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ADOPTION 

This play explores intercultural adoption, and the impact of that experience on the protagonist both as a child and later in life. It’s comic at first, but the tone does become quite intense, and asks some personal questions that some audience members may find confronting.

COARSE LANGUAGE 

This show contains occasional coarse language, but nothing excessive.

RACIST LANGUAGE 

The play makes strategic use of some racist language, as part of a critical and self-reflexive exploration of cultural politics in Australia. It’s considered, and not excessive.

 

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REPLICA FIREARMS 

Replica handguns are used in the performance, but they are never fired or aimed near the audience.

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DEATH AND DYING 

This play explores themes of death and dying, particularly around elderly characters and characters dying from exposure.

NUDITY 

One of the characters takes her clothes off on stage. It’s not sexualised.

This is a new work. It may contain strong violence, blood and gore, coarse language, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

Full list of potentially sensitive content /

COARSE LANGUAGE 

This show contains occasional coarse language.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE 

This play is about a woman’s experience of being sexually assaulted by a close colleague. We don’t see the act performed on stage, but it is described from the victim’s perspective in a monologue. The tone is confronting, but not gratuitous.

 

This is a new work. Check back closer to the event for further details.

This is a new work. It may contain coarse language, sexual themes, drug use, alcoholism, and possible nudity. Check back closer to the event for further details.