THE AUDIO EXPERIENCE

Inspired by the 1995 debut novel from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead Europe, Barracuda) Loaded was planned to close Malthouse Theatre's 2020 Season. Now, the stage adaptation has been reimagined as an audio performance.

Ari (Roy Joseph, Five Bedrooms) is 19, unemployed and aimless. He doesn’t want to be gay. He doesn’t want to be Greek. He doesn’t want to be anything. He finds an escape, of sorts, via sex, drugs and dance clubs. But, he doesn’t really fit in with the queens at The Peel any better than with family in his theía’s backyard.

This is the story that established Tsiolkas as a provocative master of the written word. Adapted for film in the 1998 underground hit Head On, and now, in close collaboration with playwright Dan Giovannoni, Tsiolkas rewrites Ari’s odyssey for the stage with a 21st century perspective.

Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Merciless Gods), this queer migrant history comes spilling out across the four corners of Melbourne.

"EXPLOSIVE...THE WRITING WORKS BRILLIANTLY"
— The Age
"ASTOUNDING...THIS IS AS HOT AS RADIO GETS"
— Time Out
"SUPERB...EXHILARATING"
— The Guardian

Malthouse Theatre presents Loaded. Malthouse Theatre would like to thank Sydney Theatre Company for the use of their recording facilities. 

Key image: Zan Wimberley 

ADAPTED BY /

Dan Giovannoni & Christos Tsiolkas from the novel by Christos Tsiolkas

DIRECTION /

Stephen Nicolazzo

CAST /

Roy Joseph

DESIGN & CREATION OF VISUAL CONTENT /

Eugyeene Teh, Katie Sfetkidis

VIDEO EDITING /

Katie Sfetkidis

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Daniel Nixon

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

Audio Experience / Current ticket holders Available Mon 19 Oct
Audio Experience / Public on sale Available Fri 30 Oct

Event notes

CONTENT WARNINGS /

This performance contains frequent coarse language and explicit descriptions of sex and drug use. Loaded is recommended for ages 18+.