Malthouse Theatre presents the world premiere of The Temple – a new work co-created by Pan Pan Theatre’s critically acclaimed director Gavin Quinn and Australia’s leading independent theatre-makers and performers.
Bringing together the comedic talents of artists Nicola Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster), Ash Flanders (Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death), Mish Grigor (Ich Nibber Dibber), Aljin Abella and Marcus McKenzie, The Temple is a wry and comedic take on a weekend getaway gone wrong where five misfits enrol in a short course on How to Be Human.
Written collectively by the ensemble and Quinn, The Temple uses Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as a springboard into false identities, as the residents compete to create the funniest group session of gags, traumas, banter and tantrums you will have seen. Welcome to The Temple.
Combining a uniquely Australian brand of comedy with Quinn’s unorthodox theatre-making, this uninhibited performance will liberate the boundaries of theatre in an unforgettable evening of laughter and self-discovery.
The Temple will be Pan Pan Theatre’s first collaboration with Malthouse Theatre. The Irish theatre company was established by co-directors Gavin Quinn and Aedín Cosgrove in 1991 and is known internationally for its original works and unique re-staging of classics, which interrogate the traditional notions of theatre.
Pan Pan has toured in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Korea, New Zealand and China as well as Australia in 2011 and 2014 as guests of Melbourne International Arts Festival and Sydney Festival.
Beckett Theatre – The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season continues to 26 May 2019
Information and Bookings: www.malthousetheatre.com.au
Image: Marcus McKenzie, Aljin Abella, Genevieve Giuffre, Mish Grigor and Ash Flanders feature in The Temple – photo by Pia Johnson