What the critics said about Sly Rat Theatre's FOREIGN BODIES:
"This unique new Australian play is not to be missed, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling night at the theatre."
"Powerful performances, profound characters, urban cacophony, actors mere metre away - I was emotionally invested. Not only privy to this tête-à-tête, but part of it."
"Wonderfully poised, Foreign Bodies will ignite your senses and swallow you into a world of forbidden desire against the perfect backdrop of the ever evolving, chaotic world of Mumbai."
Planet Arts Melbourne
"Foreign Bodies is funny, confronting and altogether engrossing for the audience. This production promises to challenge your boundaries and bounce off your curiosity – it truly does."
"Chris Baldock's masterly direction ... "
"Andy Harmsen's beautifully flowing dialogue ... "
"The fine collaborative talents of playwright Andy Harmsen, director Chris Baldock, and actors Marika Marosszeky and Alan Chambers, achieve powerful, compelling theatre in their latest work FOREIGN BODIES"
The Melbourne Observer
"Titillating, funny, confronting and raw, Foreign Bodies offers an immediate, thought provoking, and moving experience for those disenchanted with a virtual, commercial world infiltrated with the ephemeral. A must see for any theatre goer."
What's My Scene Melbourne
The critically acclaimed Australian première of Melbourne playwright Andy Harmsen's exciting new work, Foreign Bodies - a seductive and seditious study of primal urges and exoticism.
Confront your pleasure!
Sly Rat Theatre Co-Artistic Director Alan Chambers features alongside Canadian trained, Queensland based actor Marika Marosszeky in the Australian premiere of Andy Harmsen's provocative tale of sex, porn, politics and lust. Foreign Bodies is directed by award-winning Mockingbird Theatre Artistic Director Chris Baldock, and opens at The Owl and Cat Theatre on Friday October 23, 2015 at 8pm.
Set in a hotel room in Mumbai, retired American porn star, Arizona Snow, awaits the arrival of Martin, a young Australian journalist, and some-time fan. Terror reigns on the streets below as Martin and Arizona become entangled in a net of fantasy, power games, intrigue and danger, revealing the dark side - the underbelly - of the sex trade and its cloistered worshippers. Set against the volatile, political backdrop of Mumbai, Foreign Bodies explores the relationship between two unlikely allies in this city of dreams.
"I am excited to be staging the Australian premiere of Andy Harmsen's provocative new play, Foreign Bodies for Sly Rat Theatre. It is a play that intrigues and challenges from the onset, drawing the watcher into a world of voyeurism, lust and desire," says Director, Chris Baldock. "The sultry and hot climes of Mumbai, penetrate the work as the power and allure of sex makes way for a battle of wills that goes beyond desire and towards something much more dangerous. By turns intoxicating and thrilling, this Australian premiere will leave you breathless."
Chris Baldock is a highly respected director and actor in the Melbourne theatre scene. He directed the acclaimed production of The Laramie Project at Chapel off Chapel which won the 2005 Victorian Green Room Award for Best Independent Production. He revived the production in 2012 to critical acclaim as the inaugural production for his own company, Mockingbird Theatre. He also received critical praise for his productions of Love! Valour! Compassion! for Midsumma, Burning starring Logie Award-winner Libby Tanner and the Australian premiere of Shining City for Hoy Polloy. Chris has also directed Mockingbird Theatre's critically acclaimed productions - Blue/Orange, How I Learned To Drive, Equus, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Temperamentals and Quills.
Andy Harmsen is a Melbourne playwright and academic, completing his undergraduate degree at Curtin University in Western Australia, and his postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne where he is currently researching. He received a Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship from Writer’s Victoria for 2012 and was shortlisted for Red Stitch Theatre’s INK program for 2015 with his play, The Long Shadow. Alongside Alan Chambers, Andy is the co-artistic director of Sly Rat Theatre Co.
Starring Alan Chambers, Marika Marosszeky
Directed by Chris Baldock
Written by Andy Harmsen
Produced by Sly Rat Theatre Co.
Set Design by Chris Baldock and Victoria Haslam
Sound Design by Andy Harmsen
Photography by Madz Rehorek
Graphic Design by Ailish Lydon
Publicity by Kris Weber
When: Preview: Thursday 22 October 2015 at 8pm
Opening Night: Friday 23 October at 8pm
Saturday 24 October 8PM
Sunday 25 October 5pm
Tuesday 27 October - Friday 30 October 8pm
Saturday 31 October 5PM and 8PM
Where: The Owl and Cat 34 Swan St, Richmond
Tickets: $26.00 Full / $22.00 Concession, (+ Booking Fee) Preview Thursday October 22 $15.00
Please note: THIS PERFORMANCE IS SUITABLE FOR PATRONS AGES 16 YEARS AND OVER.