AMPAG, Malthouse Theatre Malthouse Theatre:Loaded

Loaded

Image Credits: Zan Wimberley

October 2020

Fri 30 

08:00 PM

Malthouse Theatre

Malthouse Theatre

113 Sturt Street

SouthbankVIC

 
 

The 1995 debut novel from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead Europe, Barracuda) makes its mainstage premiere 25 years after the fact.

Ari (Roy Joseph, Five Bedrooms) is 19, unemployed and aimless. He doesn’t want to be gay. He doesn’t want to be Greek. He doesn’t want to be anything. He finds an escape, of sorts, via sex, drugs and dance clubs. But, he doesn’t really fit in with the queens at The Peel any better than with family in his theía’s backyard.

This is the story that established Tsiolkas as a provocative master of the written word. Adapted for film in the 1998 underground hit Head On, and now, in close collaboration with playwright Dan Giovannoni, Tsiolkas rewrites Ari’s odyssey for the stage with a 21st century perspective.

Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Merciless Gods), this queer migrant history comes spilling out across the four corners of Melbourne.

NIHILISTIC, FOUL-MOUTHED AND CALCULATED TO PLEASE ALMOST NO ONE.

— The Australian (For Loaded, Novel)