Periscope Productions and Holden Street Theatres present
A new play about the fear of making the same mistakes your parents did.
In a sandpit somewhere in the suburbs, an eight-year-old boy named Jess disrupts Billy as she plays with her toy anglerfish. Over the next two decades, the two become friends, then lovers, as they try to navigate an Australia where boys are meant to be boys and girls are meant to do all the crying for them.
This new work by Ballarat playwright Brendan McDougall is about the loss of innocence and what that does to kids struggling with what it means to be a woman, a man or a parent. Hopeful and tragic in equal measure, this play combines the weird worlds of Lally Katz with the theatrical inventiveness of Caryl Churchill. It will move anyone who has ever felt trapped by the way young Australian men and women are instructed on how to love themselves and others.
After a sold out run at Melbourne’s Butterfly Club, Periscope Productions brings its heartbreaking interrogation of the joy and terror of being both a child and a parent to Holden St. This two-decade love story captured in 55 minutes is not to be missed.
About Periscope Productions:
Periscope Productions is an independent Melbourne theatre company who specialise in bringing the absurd into the every day, having spent the last few years making tiny shows (Botho Strauss' 'Time in the Room', Harold Pinter's 'A Kind of Alaska' and Caryl Churchill's 'A Number') in Airbnb apartments across Melbourne. After training at NIDA and VCA respectively, Periscope's co-founders Ben Sheen and Brendan McDougall have teamed up as director and writer to make this new Australian work.
Praise for A Little Bit of Pain Never Hurt Anyone
'It’s a really great piece of theatre from an emerging company who deserve support and encouragement from the industry.
I left this play wanting to hug my children and hoping it wasn’t too late to right the wrongs I’ve already committed as a parent, and also comforted that the insanity I felt as a teenager, adult and now as parent is normal.
A brilliant and, at times disturbing look at how one generation impacts the next. Keep with it you’ll understand more about the work as the play goes on.'
"A surreal look at gender and how childhood shapes our adult perceptions for better and worse, this is a gem. It's sharp without being heartless, and beautifully performed. Small, but perfectly formed."
“The characters literally play out their childhood traumas and challenge stereotypes in a sandpit on stage … dazzled by the perfectly delivered complex script”
“An engaging two-person performance that holds a mirror up to Australia… the result is equally funny and melancholic”
“Witty and refreshingly modern...Be sure not to miss it”
Director: Benjamin Sheen
Writer: Brendan McDougall
Billy: Brittany Lewis
Jess: Julian Dibley-Hall
Designer: Alia Syed
Composer/Sound Designer: Jorde Heys
Producer: Gabrielle McLeod
Length: 55 minutes
15-16, 18 Feb at 9:15pm
18, 24 Feb, 3 Mar at 1:45pm
20, 27 Feb at 7:45pm
21-25, 28 Feb, 1-4 Mar at 7:45pm
Cheap Tuesday: $18.00
Companion Card holders welcome.
Venue: The Arch, Holden Street Theatres