Thursday, December 3, 2009

Welcome to Mutation Theatre

This is the blog of Mutation Theatre, an independent theatre company based in Melbourne, Australia. The company is run by its Artistic Director, Patrick McCarthy, and has a focus on new and experimental works. Mutation Theatre works from its studio in Fitzroy, and works collaboratively with other Melbourne theatre makers to create work that is challenging, engaging and contemporary.

This blog will act, for the time being at least, as both a website for the company and a place for occasional comments on other things.

Mutation Theatre was founded in early 2008 by Patrick McCarthy. It presented its first production, Fluorescent Facade: Howard Arkley and Suburbia, as part of the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Fluorescent Facade was written and performed by Patrick McCarthy and directed by Louise Daly.

High Commendation: 2008 Melbourne Dramatists New Writing Award

"Intense, unsettling and in every way exceptional"- Express Media

"an absorbing melee of malevolence, humor and spiritual bliss"- Art Monthly Magazine

Mutation Theatre presented its second work, The Corpse of Hamlet, in November 2009. The work was presented from the 4th-14th of November in The Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, in Carlton. The Corpse of Hamlet was written and performed by Patrick McCarthy, directed by Laura Hughes, with the voice of and sound design by Tim Wotherspoon, lighting design by Tom Browne and produced by Gina Burton.

"It's highly original"- Spark Online

"interesting, original and deeply thoughtful...a kind of progress, without doubt, replete with the ruin and rubble such progress entails"- Neandellus

At some point I will add more info about the previous shows, such as blurbs and photo's etc.

Check back soon for news on the next production, coming early 2010.

Patrick McCarthy