GOING DOWN

Natalie Yang's career is going up. Or, so she thought.  Her semi-autobiographical sex-positive debut novel, Banana Girl, has finally hit the shelves, but it's not quite the best-seller she hoped it would be. The career success of her rival, Lu Lu Jayadi, an award-winning author of clichéd migrant stories, sends Natalie’s confidence spiralling out of control.  

Natalie is only one bender away from cracking her next big idea, but it may take a shame spiral in a luxury shopping centre to get there. Her career come-down is about to get very real.

Leticia Cáceres directs this side-splitting comedy on the contradictions of Melburnian multiculturalism, from the fast-paced mind of Hmong-Aussie playwright Michele Lee (winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, for Rice). 

★★★★
"TWISTS IRREVERENT SEX COMEDY AND SARDONIC LITERARY SATIRE INTO A WARTS-AND-ALL TAKE-DOWN"
— THE AGE
★★★★
"BURSTS OFF THE STAGE"
— TIME OUT
"CATHERINE DAVIES AS NATALIE IS A FIREBALL, SPARKING WITH ENERGY"
— THE AUSTRALIAN
"A VIBRANT, LAYERED COMIC EXPLORATION OF STEREOTYPES... HILARIOUS"
— THE CONVERSATION

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company production.  Going Down was originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Brett Boardman

Partners

BY /

Michele Lee

DIRECTION /

Leticia Cáceres

CAST /

Paul Blenheim, Catherine Davies, Josh Price, Naomi Rukavina, Jenny Wu

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

The Sisters Hayes

AV DESIGN /

Rebecca Hayes

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Sian James-Holland

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

THE SWEATS

DRAMATURGY /

Mark Pritchard

DESIGN ASSOCIATE /

Matilda Woodroofe

STAGE MANAGER /

Lyndie Li Wan Po

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 8pm, Thu 10 May
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Fri 11 May
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 22 May

Location

Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION / 

90 minutes

AGES / 

Recommended for audiences aged 18+

WARNINGS / 

Adult themes, strong language, haze and nudity