Photo: by Nicole Marie, 2006
2006: presented by Theatre in Bars at Glitch Bar
2005-06: developed through an Express Media mentorship and read at the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2006
Presentation – Glitch Bar
Director Michele Lee
Set designer Eva Johanssen
Props designers Michele Lee and Alia Vryens
Sound designer Daniel O’Shea
Special effects make-up artist Aniko Hazi
With performers Maria Coviello, Will Crawford, Robin Dorren, Meredith Lewis, Joel Radcliffe, Alia Vryens
Publicist Mark Tregonning
Development – Express Media
Dramaturg and director Gorkem Acaroglu
With performers Paul Bugeja, Louise Osland, Michael Parry, Jane Thompson, Mark Tregonning
Full length, stage
What’s worse: waking up to find out your brother’s leaving you for the Department of Defence or reliving your death every night in the Land of the Living Dead?
Dolly’s family is just like yours or mine – sometimes she wants to hug them and tell them she’s sorry, and sometimes she’d like nothing more than to feed them poison and chop their heads off. But there’s one difference – Dolly and her brothers are all deceased.
Set in a crazy bar where a robot serves the drinks and a zombie mops the floor, Kiss Me Where You Punch Me’s crazy, black, sharp-edged humour comes off like a twisted combination of Full House, Red Dwarf and Dawn of the Dead.
In this comic soap opera, Dolly is a comedian who retells stories of her family abuse to audiences of car crash victims and cripples. Her brothers, Karl and Theodore, are regular spectators even though the routines are about them. But when the lights go down, the name-calling has ended and the guns have blown, at least you can rely on Mum to make sense of the mess. Right?