M.Rock is a magical new play, based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery. The generation gap just got tighter. Lachlan Philpott is one of the country’s hottest writers, rocketing into the Sydney theatre landscape with the success of Silent Disco for ATYP and the Griffin Theatre Company in 2011.
In his distinctive language, Philpott charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracy and her grandmother Mabel. Tracy has just finished school, she’s bought a round-the-world ticket and is flying away to soak up experiences. By contrast, Mabel is stable. She plays piano for The Players, knits for the African appeal and looks after Hilda’s cat.
A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company and directed by Fraser Corfield, M.Rock features Valerie Bader (Australia Day) as the intrepid septuagenarian, She is joined by newcomer Clementine Mills as Tracy. DJ Jonny Seymour (one half of Stereogamous along with Paul Mac) will be spinning tunes onstage throughout the play, pumping the energy of the dance floor into the veins of the theatre.
Philpott has been partly inspired by the true story of 74 year old Ruth Flowers (aka DJ Mamy Rock), a fun-loving grandmother who was unexpectedly catapulted into the clubbing stratosphere after she attended her grandson’s birthday at a nightclub and went on to become a world-touring, record-releasing, remix sensation.
Enjoy a delightfully fresh, inter-generational theatre experience that challenges taboos and assumptions about age.
M.Rock was commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People and developed with the assistance of Playwriting Australia at the 2013 National Play Festival.
Director: Fraser Corfield Featuring: Valerie Bader, Joshua Brennan, Madeleine Jones, Brandon McClelland, Clementine Mills Designer: Adrienn Lord Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne Writer: Lachlan Philpott
Wharf 2 Theatre – Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Season continues to 28 June 2014
Bookings: (02) 9250 1777
For more information, visit: www.atyp.com.au for details.
Image: courtesy of ATYP