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The Platypus

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  • Full: $50.00 each
  • Concession: $42.00 each
  • Preview: $28.00 each
  • Mob Tix and 20 at $20: $20.00 each
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  • Wed 19 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:00pm
  • Thu 20 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:00pm
  • Fri 21 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:00pm
  • Tue 25 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:00pm

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Buckets Nijinsky Productions and Theatre Works proudly present the world premiere of

The Platypus
Written and directed by Francis Greenslade

A bleak black comedy about the end of a relationship.

The Platypus is a strange creature. It’s composed of odds and ends, as though Evolution got tired one afternoon and stopped paying attention to what it was doing. It seems wrong. Strangely put together. A curiosity.

Just like this play.

This play is about Richard and Jessica. About the messy ending of their relationship and whether they can put the pieces back together. Multiple genres, two actors, one audience… and possibly a platypus.

Written and directed by well-known Australian actor Francis Greenslade (Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, Winners and Losers, The Odd Couple, Shakespeare in Love) and performed by John Leary (The Good Place, Glitch, The Letdown, Upper Middle Bogan) and Rebecca Bower (The Spooky Files, Offspring, Wentworth), The Platypus brings together an outstanding team of cast and creatives. Running for a limited premiere season at Theatre Works in St Kilda, mark this one on your calendars – it’s not to be missed!

Widely recognised, actor, writer, and teacher Francis Greenslade has had an extensive career in the Australian entertainment industry. In 2018 his adaptation of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist (produced by the Sydney Theatre Company) received rave reviews and his book, How I Learnt to Act (On the way to not going to Drama School), was published by Currency Press in 2020. Playing as a part of the ‘With Theatre Works’ programming stream, The Platypus is his first original work for the theatre.

Constantly reinvigorating and reimagining the sector by providing a hotbed for artist and audience development, Theatre Works is one of Australia’s longest-running independent theatres. They fill a vital niche in the Australian cultural landscape as an artistic home and destination for artists to collaborate and create, actively highlighted by the 12 different productions playing as a part of the 2024 ‘With Theatre Works’ programming stream.

Written and directed by Francis Greenslade
Performed by John Leary and Rebecca Bower
Set and Costume Design by Sarah Tulloch
Lighting design Clare Springett
Sound design by David Franzke
Produced by James Edwards
Associate Producer Matt Harvey
Publicity by Sassy Red PR

19 June – 6 July 2024
Tues – Sat 7:30pm
Previews Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June 7:30pm
Opening Night Friday 21 June 7:30pm
Tickets: $45 Full, $35 Concession, $28 Preview, $20 Mob Tix and 20 at $20 (+ booking fee)
Enquiries: 03 9534 3388
Venue: Theatre Works – 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Duration: 80 minutes no interval
Age suitability 17+
Warnings: Swearing, Cigarettes

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