Crimped with an 80s New Wave soundtrack and production numbers inspired by the drag balls of Paris is Burning , the team be-hind hit productions Psycho Beach Party and sex.violence.blood.gore promise a bold and risqué theatrical event, heady with cultish fascination and more than enough eroticism to get you hot under the collar.
Two young men are alone in a palace; one is in love with the Princess Salomé, the other in love with his friend. When Salomé arrives she only has eyes for John the Baptist, a prophet who warns all deviants that the saviour Jesus Christ is on his way.
Compelled by his abstinence and pious will, Salomé stops at nothing to “know” him biblically. As the moon grows brighter, erotic energy takes over the royal court and the lines between civility and desire are blurred…
Banned in 1892 due to censors forbidding the depiction of Biblical figures on stage, Salomé didn’t have it’s first performance in England till 1931, when the Lord Chamberlain’s stoppage was lifted.
Wilde initially published the play in French and it premiered in Paris in 1896, at the time though he was unable to attend, having been imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality.
His licentious tale has since inspired numerous other works, including Richard Strauss’ opera of the same name. Salomé is presented as a part of the 2013 Malthouse Helium Season.
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo Featuring: Paul Blenheim, Genevieve Giuffre, Alexandra Aldrich, Nick Pelomis, Peter Paltos, Zoe Boesen and Tom Dent Set Design: Eugyeene Teh Costume Design: Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis Sound Design: Nate Edmondson Dramaturgy/Adaptation: Natalia Savvides Choreography: Kurt Phelan
Malthouse Tower Theatre – 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 30 August – 14 September 2013
Bookings: (03) 9685 5111 or online at www.malthousetheatre.com.au
For more information, visit: www.littleonestheatre.com.au for details.