ALL ABOARD FOR A WILD RIDE, BACK TO WHEN RULES WERE BLACK AND WHITE

The history teachers at Hanover Middle School have an R-rated lesson in store. Take your seat.

Today’s subject is race, with a little sex, history and power on the side.

Let’s have fun with it.

Let’s play a game.

Yes, you’re all invited to watch.

Underground Railroad Game is a darkly comedic take on how the post-colonial world has become jaundiced by its racially-charged backstory. With repartee, acuity and nudity, creators and performers Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard interrogate the confusion of arguments and stereotypes that have arisen from the shadows of Western society.

The New York Times heralds it as one of the best, most influential American plays of the last 25 years. Join Malthouse Theatre on this wild ride, conducted by the original 2017 Obie Award-winning company, straight from the USA.

There’s a shift-in-your-seat experience to be lived here. What you get from it will depend on how you play the game.

"A SHOW I'LL BE THINKING ABOUT FOR YEARS TO COME"
— The Age
"KIDWELL AND SHEPPARD ARE BOTH SUPERB"
— Time Out (Melbourne)
½
"ARRESTING AND UNMISSABLE PRODUCTION RIPE FOR OUR TIMES"
— ArtsHub
½
"[UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME] TAKES ON THE WORLD"
— Limelight Magazine
"IN-ALL-WAYS SENSATIONAL"
— The New York Times

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents The Ars Nova Production of Underground Railroad Game.

Key image: Cade Martin Photography 
Images: Ben Arons & Phoebe Powell 

Partners

CREATED BY /

Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special

DIRECTION /

Taibi Magar

CAST /

Jennifer Kidwell, Scott R. Sheppard

PRODUCTION DESIGN /

Tilly Grimes

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Oona Curley

SOUND DESIGN /

Mikaal Sulaiman

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7pm, Wed 30 Jan
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Thu 31 Jan
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 5 Feb
MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE 2pm, Sat 16 Feb
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 8pm, Fri 1 Feb

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 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 /

75 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS / 

Contains nudity, strong language, adult content, and material that some audience members may find confronting.