Journey of a Thousand Smiles

 

Aggrieved by the endlessly contemptible treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention, it was the belief in her fellow Australians and their generosity of spirit that launched Jessica Hackett on an epic journey. 17,000 signatures, 710 kilometres, 35 days, 2 blisters, and one Melbourne high school teacher hand delivering her petition to Canberra in the height of summer.

Journey of a Thousand Smiles is the short story about that long walk. Under the masterful direction of Jason Cavanagh and with musical support by Colin Craig, Jessica presents the remarkable story of her mission to make change.

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Man of the Year

 

Once in awhile the right person stands in the right place at the right time and delivers a speech that changes the course of history.

Man of the Year is a look at human nature, and our propensity for violence, Man of the Year is a snapshot of some of history’s great speeches, and some of the world’s best speakers. What soon becomes clear is that all these great moments in time are intractably linked to mankind’s long violent struggle. A perpetual cycle that every now and again spins out of control. It’s not a question of will it happen again, but rather when? It could be next week, next year, or ten years from now. It could be tonight…

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Murder Ballads

 

In 2015 we brought together Melbourne artists to present this Australian Gothic work.

Henry Lee, Jane Crow, Mary Bellows, and Eliza Day all have tales to tell. They weave their stories from their place in the bar, enchanting and beguiling the listener. Do we fear them, or pity them? Could we be one of them?

Presented in the Warehouse space for the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, this ambitious project was a splatter of murder ballads composed by an impressively diverse collection of Melbourne artists weaving different narratives into one theatrical structure.

What we are left with is a new work of theatre that is a uniquely Australian tale of murder and love, hauntingly familiar and disturbingly inevitable.

 

Purgatorio

 

5pound theatre collaborated with Attic Erratic to bring Ariel Dorfmans Purgatorio to The Owl and the Pussycat in July 2014.

A roller coater of emotions, a dark forest full of twists and turns, murder, love, revenge and betrayal; nothing is what you think it is and nothing will ever be the same again.

Purgatorio is a formidable work of drama penned by a theatrical master of the modern age Ariel Dorfman.

 

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5pounds of Repertory Theatre 2013

5pounds of repertory theatre 2013

 

 

Overwhelmed with the outpouring of support this project received receieved in it's first year... in 2013 we brought it back with 5 truly ambitious productions, directed by some of the icons of Melbourne's independent theatre scene.

For 5 weeks in November The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond was once again transformed into Australia’s only working repertory theatre; 5 different directors, 5 designers and a group of 5 actors will rehearse, produce and present 5 very different shows over the course of 5 weeks.

 

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Ubu Roi

5pound theatres Ubu Roi

 

Ubu Roi is a funny, filthy frolic. Written by a juvenile Alfred Jarry and loosely based on the story of Macbeth, it offers us a world devoid of morality, honor, sympathy, loyalty, decency and all other characteristics of a civilized society. What we are left with is a world... really not that different to ours.

5pound theatre has produced 2 versions of Jarry's classic text. The original season was in Melbourne in 2013, then the text was adapted for an all female version in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2014.

 

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2short Russians

2 Shot Russians

 

This was our first Melbourne production of 2013… the presentation of two short Russian plays:

Anton Chekhov's classic- The Bear, a short, sharp, and hilariously funny one act farce from the 1800’s...

and 'Vodka, Fucking and Television' an imaginative and slightly absurd modern classic by a master of the Russian New Wave Maksym Kurochkin.

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5pounds of Repertory Theatre

5pounds of Repertory Theatre

 

5pound theatre are truly proud and excited to be finishing their 2012 season with what is by far their biggest and most ambitious project to date… 5pounds of Repertory Theatre

For 5 weeks The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond will be transformed into Australia’s only working repertory theatre; 5 different directors and a group of 5 actors will rehearse, produce and present 5 very different shows over the course of 5 weeks.

 

 

 

 

Kiss Them All Soundly

Kiss Them All Soundly

 

Kiss Them All Soundly is a creative re-imagining of three famous nursery rhymes - Simple Simon, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Georgie Porgie.

Written and directed by 5pound theatre’s co-Artistic Director Jason Cavanagh and stars Susannah Frith and newcomers Adam Willson, Peter Rowley and Brooke Smith-Harris.

Nursery Rhymes where originally fictionalized accounts of true events. Kiss Them All Soundly reverses this process by turning these childish rhymes into dark, humorous, moving tales of the terrible truth verses a sweet little lie. 


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The Blue Room

 

The Girl had sex with the Taxi Driver, who seduced the Au Pair, who consented with the Student, who cheated with the Married Woman, who made love to the Politician, who fell in with the Model, who succumbed to the Playwright, who coveted the Actress, who was ensnared by the Aristocrat, who rooted that girl from the start.

Over 10 scenes, 10 characters swap partners in a sexual dance in which expectation and experience are never the same.

 

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The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

 

Martin, a prize-winning architect with a loving wife and son, is celebrating a milestone birthday and his recent career successes. But when his friend Ross notices Martin is distracted he coaxes a confession out of him, unleashing a truth that will destroy everything this tight family unit holds dear.

Premiering in 2002, ‘The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?’ won both the Drama Desk and the Tony Awards for Best Play and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

 

Written in 1959 Ionesco originally penned this play as a reaction to the brutal atrocities and mindless conformity he witnessed during the Nazi occupation of WWII France. The hardening of people’s souls and the absurd nature of their extreme beliefs, adopted so readily by the community around him, gave rise to this astonishing play, a corner stone of the Absurdist movement.

Swinging effortlessly between hilarity and tragedy, ‘Rhinoceros’ continues to be relevant today, offering a spine chillingly accurate depiction of modern society with it’s various human emotions, hard line views and belief systems.

 

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The Woods

Deep in the woods and surrounded by its wild isolation, a young couple have nothing else but each other. Dealing with their high expectations, disenchantment and self-compromise, they are both brought together and torn apart.

The Woods presents a complete picture encapsulating the contemporary experience of love and companionship.

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Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Widely regarded as one of the most controversial, yet most important plays ever written, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie never fails to ignite the senses. Sex, lies and class, on a mid summers eve- the Counts daughter and a mere servant, their ambitions lead to an intriguing struggle for power and escape.

Here is what the critics had to say about 5pound theatre's production:


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Loving Arthur

>A comic cabaret about love, laughter, and lions.
5pound theatre's final production for their 2011 season.

Loving Arthur is a one-man show written and performed by 5pound’s Giuseppe Mauceri. A man, unlucky in love, on the back of yet another failed relationship, takes a trip to the zoo. And meets the love of his life… in the lion enclosure.

Loving Arthur will take you back to that moment in time when everything felt just right, when every door was open and life was easy and carefree. Until reality – in the form of a giant cat with a mane – slaps you in the face… and heart.

 

The Heartstring Hotel

A selection of acts cooked with passion in the fiery furnace of the heart showcasing love in all its forms.

During the course of the night the audience orders dishes of contemporary and classic short scenes, monologues, poetry and self devised ‘song scenes’ from the menu of the show.

5pound Theatre’s culinary artists, together with their resident musician, then present the audience with their chosen meals. The flavour of the show determined by the palate of each audience, making every performance truly unique.

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