The dystopian Melbourne theatre show sure to send shivers up your spine

The dystopian Melbourne theatre show sure to send shivers up your spine

Words by Tom Parker

Citizen Theatre’s thrilling new production, Mara KORPER, goes down at Theatre Works throughout May.

St Kilda’s Theatre Works will be home to a new feminist sci-fi theatre show drawing inspiration from the likes of Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and 1984.

Mara KORPER comes from Citizen Theatre, one of Melbourne’s most innovative and adventurous theatre companies, and follows on from their hugely-successful productions, When The Light Leaves and Forgotten Places, the former of which was nominated for a Green Room Award.

What you need to know

  • Citizen Theatre has just announced its new production, Mara KORPER
  • Unsettling-yet-thrilling, the show is set in a futuristic, dystopian world where gender is obsolete
  • Mara KORPER will be presented at St Kilda’s Theatre Works

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Set in a futuristic, dystopian world where gender is obsolete, this thrilling new theatre work explores themes such as extremism, corruption, gender and body image.

“Extremist systems beget extremist responses. Mara KORPER encourages us to come up with something better, more inclusive and something more joyful. That’s what feminist theatre looks like for me,” Mara KORPER Artistic Director and writer, Jayde Kirchert, says of the performance.

The show won’t be presented in your normal theatre setting, with audiences seated in Theatre Works’ groundbreaking new perspex boxes, which were unveiled last year as a safety measure for patrons amidst a COVID world.

If the performance couldn’t be shrouded with more intrigue and captivation, Mara KORPER will fuse the latest sound technology with absurdist expressionism that’s truly at the cutting edge of experimental theatre.

The cast of Mara KORPER will feature the likes of Emily Carr (Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy nominee with QUEENZ), Jordan Barr (RAW Comedy State Finalist, Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy nominee), Freya Pragt (The 91-Storey Treehouse), Kayla Hamill (Forgotten Places), Shamita Siva (Let Men Tremble), and a host of other emerging performers.

Mara KORPER goes down at St Kilda’s Theatre Works from Wednesday May 12 until Saturday May 22. Grab tickets here.