FLIGHT – A Festival of New Writing

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By Maddison McSwain

Five new works by some of Australia’s most innovative emerging playwrights will premiere at Theatre Works as part of FLIGHT.

Opening on July 31, FLIGHT is a mini-season of plays by writers who have completed their Masters In Writing For Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

Playwrights Fleur Kilpatrick, Morgan Rose, Bridget Mackey and Partick McCarthy will each present a 10-day season at Theatre Works.

A site specific performance by playwright Chi Vu sees her work commencing from a secret location and moving in and around the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Creative Producer Daniel Clarke is excited about introducing audiences to new writers and new stories. “They are all really diverse plays and give a fascinating insight into what is important to these playwrights,” he said.

“I hope audiences connect to the stories, find relevance in them and are inspired to see more Australian work – that would be a good outcome!” Clarke said.

Commencing 31 July, Bridget Mackey’s, Kindness follows an unlikely friendship between three bored office workers and a woman in her late 80’s fuelled by a need to escape.

Under the direction of Robert Reid and photographer Sarah Walker, Yours The Face written by Fleur Kilpatrick tells the story of a photographer and his model, both played exquisitely by Roderick Cairns, who come together to create one perfect image.

From 14 August, a coming of age play by Morgan Rose, Virgins and Cowboys tells the story of Sam who meets two women online. They are both virgins when Sam decides it would be really interesting if he were the one…to you know.

Writer and director Patrick McCarthy launches his new company Fabricated Rooms with his debut play Grief and the Lullaby, a delicate and moving work which explores what it means to grow apart from those you grew up with.

A site specific performance written by Chi Vu, The Dead Twin commences from a secret location and will be presented in and around the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Steve is a young man with a bright future. When Steve meets Lola he develops the ability to contact his long dead twin, who died during war.

The initiative was developed in partnership with VCA.

Acclaimed playwright Raimondo Cortese of Ranters Theatre worked with the playwrights at VCA.

“These plays provide a wonderful opportunity for audiences to experience the diversity of contemporary aesthetic practice currently happening in Melbourne theatre writing, which places this city right at the forefront of experimentation and provocation in world theatre,” Cortese said.

Ultimately Clarke hopes FLIGHT’s five emerging playwright’s are able to find new audiences for their works. “I hope that their plays tour and have long lives after the Theatre Works season,” he said.


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