Backyard Double Bill is a production of two new works by Brisbane’s most exciting new playwrights.
The Picnic by Tremayne Gordon and Saying Goodbye to Ally by Kristen Maloney will be presented as back-to-back performances as part of Anywhere Festival. Both set at parties with possibly too much alcohol and definitely too much cake, audiences will start the evening with a hilarious birthday and end with a heartbreaking farewell. Opening night on 12th May at Toowong Bowls Club:
Tremayne Gordon and Kristen Maloney are ready to take Anywhere Festival by storm with works that examines issues that everyday, modern Australians are now facing.
“Australia has a great history of playwrights that are able dissect and poke fun at Australian social issues. We want to continue that legacy but also think the era of when audience’s members sit in their seats, shut-up and absorb the theatre presented to them is dead” says Kristen Maloney, founder and Artistic Director of Backyard Theatre Collective.
Sentiments echoed by writer Tremayne Gordon.
“I want to investigate those complex, interesting moments presented in everyday life. I want to give Brisbane audiences the opportunity to involve themselves in the performance.”
Based on anonymous public submissions, The Picnic explores patience as a virtue and whether good things come to those who wait. After a sold-out run at The Festival of Australian Student Theatre,
The Picnic is once again ready to show audiences that you can plan the perfect picnic, but you can’t predict when a cake may get punched.
Saying Goodbye to Ally recasts a mythical Greek queen to present day Australia so that she grows up with the Spice Girls, Wonder Woman and Julia Gillard. It then asks what she would give up for the men in her life and why? In this tragic and darkly funny play, the chorus of characters decide to hold one last party and share with the audience their brutally honest stories. They will ask if they are rebels, victims, loyalists, lovers, fools or if you would simply like some more cake?
Backyard Double Bill brings together Brisbane’s newest creative talent to present innovative, engaging and playful multi-disciplinary performances. The production is directed by Kristen Maloney, stage managed by Melissa Herburg and stars Meghan Bowden, Tess Middleton, George Goldfeder, Cienda McNamara, Gemma Elsom, Andrew Barnes and Tremayne Gordon. Season runs from the 12th to 21st May and tickets are from $24. For information please visit the Anywhere Festival’s event page for Backyard Double Bill.