The 1995 debut novel from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead Europe, Barracuda) 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.’"
Malthouse Theatre presents Loaded.
Key image: Zan Wimberley
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Dan Giovannoni & Christos Tsiolkas from the novel by Christos Tsiolkas
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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|
Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006Get directions
TrainAny train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.
TramThe 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.
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.