A 1942 AWAS officer and her chocolate Kooglhoupf. An encounter with a seagull on St Kilda Pier. A Pride marcher channelling Wonder Woman. Perhaps you never knew that St Kilda was held together entirely by folklore, hearsay and historical fact, but if you live locally then perhaps you did.
ST KILDA STORIES – a collection of original, bitter-sweet monologues with a seaside aftertaste penned especially for Melbourne Fringe by playwrights from Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.
Every year on the other side of town we showcase the best-of-the-best monologues in ‘The Melbourne Monologues’ , our signature show – this year we’re catching the #96 tram down to the National Theatre Melbourne, because we love the views across the water and St Kilda just has more Stories. We asked a team of writers to come up with five 10-minute monologues and they did this with gravity and sincerity. This was followed by a further 3 drafts of each script (5 in one case, but in the end it was worth it); 4 weeks of intense planning; and the casting of 5 actors we’ve used before but who are really surprising us this time. 50 minutes. Laughs, surprises, one strange moment. Come, watch, enjoy.
Warning: Contains coarse language, adult themes
On the ACTORS who will perform in ST KILDA STORIES:
"The monologue, as an art form, is so challenging ... The actors in The Melbourne Monologues 2016 accept this challenge bravely. They dominate their stark, empty stage, and bring us into whatever world has been created by the writer."
- 'The Melbourne Monologues' (La Mama Courthouse) - review by J. M. Bowen, Weekend Notes, Oct. 2016
On the DIRECTOR of ST KILDA STORIES:
'Elizabeth Walley’s direction only looks simple, stripped back to essentials, but it wisely avoids unnecessary busy-ness and is always to the point. '
- 'The World Without Birds' (La Mama Courthouse) - review by Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers, Oct. 2016
On the WRITERS of ST KILDA STORIES:
'Strong, clever writing ... good research, authentic voices, excellent dramatic development.'
- 'The Melbourne Monologues' (La Mama Courthouse) - review by Peter Green, 3MBS Arts Weekly, Nov. 2016