Saturday, April 21, 2012


Mutation Theatre Presents

As part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival


Concept and Direction by Patrick McCarthy
Devised and Performed by Brendan Barnett, Matthew Epps, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy and James Tresise
Dramaturg Halcyon Macleod
Set and Costume Design David Samuel
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design Tommy Spender
Mentorship Daniel Schlusser
Associate Producer (Next Wave) Ashley Dyer

In the bowels of a ship, drifting across an endless ocean that has submerged the world, four men pass the time before they waste away, thinking of better days. Their claustrophobic world is one of violence and passion, guilt and nostalgia. With nothing to hang onto but memories from when they ruled the planet, they survive on false realities and dreamt-up utopias. They were once the elite of society- white, rich, educated, straight, Christian, men- not subjected to discrimination by anyone. Especially after they exterminated them all…

Multi-award winning company Mutation Theatre present their new work LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM MY VICE-LIKE GRIP!!! as part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival. A confronting and brutal examination of power, masculinity and the fragility of our planet; this will be a highly charged work of physical theatre.

Critical Response
"There is much to admire about this production – its confidence in creating extended periods of darkness and silence punctuated only by coughing and breathing; David Samuel’s claustrophobic set; Katie Sfetkidis’ clinical and compelling lighting design; and strong performances, especially from Kevin intense and visceral production...a rewarding and imaginative work inspired by recent global events, and one that confirms Mutation Theatre’s reputation as absolutely being a company to watch"- Richard Watts (Arts Hub)

"Beckett translating 'Middle Management for Dummies' with bonus homo-erotic rave party. 4 stars"- Ben Birchall (Triple R)

Season Details
Previews: May 17 and 18, 8pm
Season: May 19-27, 8pm*
*Except for Thursday 24th at 9pm. No performance Monday 21st. 
Venue: Mutation Theatre, 294 Smith St Collingwood (Enter through Travellers Bookstore)
Ticket Price: Full $20, Conc $15, Preview $10
This event is also available as part of Day Pass 6
Bookings: Venue Tix- 1300 30 40 72
                  Online- book here

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