Melbourne Mofo Theatre Co

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By Melissa Kleores

If it’s one event you won’t want to miss this year it’s the brand-spanking new Melbourne Mofo Theatre Co’s (MMTC) first ever pop up production, presenting the hilarious Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn, run by St Kilda local, actor and writer Melissa Kleores.

People often ask why I wanted to start a theatre company. It took me a while to come up with a sane answer but I finally did. It’s my passion for creativity, relentless ambition and desire for longevity in the Australian Arts Industry that really propelled me to get MMTC off the ground. I think there comes a point in your career when you say, “I need to take control here, and try to do what I love as much as I possibly can.”

I believe that to be successful in any field you really must be proactive and create your own opportunities. Success is also about doing what feels right all the time; doing what makes your insides smile with that knowing feeling of contentment. But you can’t do that on your own, you always need the support of other humans, which is why theatre appeals to me, it’s much more fulfilling when you collaborate with others.

Our first production is sponsored by Vinomofo and tickets to the show include a selection of their complimentary – yes, you heard right, complimentary – boutique wines and also cheese and chocolate tastings, which is what sets us apart from other theatre companies. I love wine, I love comedy and I love the arts, so it makes sense that this marriage should take place. I don’t want this to be a traditional night at the theatre. I want this to be a unique experience for people, I want them to relax, enjoy some kick ass wine and have a good belly laugh. I want them to feel like they’re in the comfort of their own living rooms, except they’re surrounded by a bunch of strangers.

I’ve joined forces with director, Grant Foulkes to bring our Mofo audience the British comedy and we promise a show full of awkward moments, hilarious antics and a lesson in what not to do in relationships. This play is well written, the characters are truly exquisite and there are moments that are brilliantly cringe-worthy (insert Dr Evil laugh). It’s set in the 70s, and takes you on this farcical journey, surveying the rise and fall of the fortunes of three couples, spanning three Christmases, exploring each fabulously tragic life. It’s a pretty quirky play.

Although we are establishing MMTC as a comedy-driven theatre company, we’re open to any piece that pushes boundaries and has unforgettably complex characters. I’d really love our next production to be an original Australian piece; I love Aussie comedy and I want to present a lot more of it in the future. I want to support Australian writers, so our next play will be homegrown.

Opening night is on 12 February, starting at 6.30PM with some early bird tickets still available. It’s pop-up theatre, so it won’t be around for long. Book your tickets today, bring a friend along and mingle with other like-minded mofos.

We will be giving away two tickets to Absurd Person Singular through the SKN Facebook page so keep an eye out for those soon.

For tickets go to: https://mofotc.eventbrite.com.au

Jean&Marc

 

Mel&Nelson

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