LOADED

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The 1995 debut novel from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead EuropeBarracuda) makes its mainstage premiere 25 years after the fact.

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.

"‘NIHILISTIC, FOUL-MOUTHED AND CALCULATED TO PLEASE ALMOST NO ONE’"
— The Australian (For Loaded, Novel)

Malthouse Theatre presents Loaded.

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

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Daniel Nixon

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 8pm Fri 30 Oct, 8pm Sat 31 Oct, 7pm Mon 2 Nov, 7pm Tue 3 Nov
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Wed 4 Nov
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 10 Nov
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 8pm, Fri 13 Nov
SENIORS PERFORMANCE 2.30pm, Sat 7 Nov

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

WARNINGS

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. We recommend this production to audiences aged 18+.

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