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PEAR-SHAPED “HOW DOES ALICE LEAVE WONDERLAND WHEN WONDERLAND WANTS ALICE TO STAY?”

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Theatre Works St Kilda and Rogue Projects will present the world premiere production of Pear-Shaped as part of the prestigious By Theatre Works program, this April.

A captivatingly surreal blend of wordplay, magic realism, and puppetry, Pear-Shaped is a deliciously dark new dramedy about growing up, growing down, and everything in between.

In it, 23-year-old theatre designer, Frankie, is struggling with their graduating design project. Not only is their director a Virgo, they’ve also been allocated an eerily personal childhood story – ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Frankie hopes that a box of old costumes will inspire some ideas, but when their sister Kayla drops it off, they’re instead sent spiraling down a rabbit hole of memories they’d rather forget. 

An entirely new story from Miranda Middleton and Ziggy Resnick, Pear-Shaped interweaves theatricalised excerpts of Lewis Carroll’s classic story to chart the relationship between two sisters, and the eating disorder that comes between them. Told with humour, heart, and nuance, the production explores one Jewish family’s experience of what happens when food – a symbol of culture, tradition, connection, and love – becomes the enemy.

The idea for Pear-Shaped was born out of a 2020 lockdown walk between Ziggy and Miranda, as they dreamt about their next creative collaboration. Ziggy had previously starred as Amélie in Miranda’s original adaptation of the screenplay for her graduating production at NIDA. 

“What emerged was a shared interest in theatre magic, puppetry, the delicate and sometimes difficult relationships between sisters, and the disordered eating patterns that afflict more people in our communities than we think.” said Miranda, “As writers, Pear-Shaped has sent us down some weird, wonderful and mind-bending rabbit holes. We’re incredibly humbled and honoured to be bringing this personal and original story to life with an amazing group of creative minds”. 

Selected for the By Theatre Works season, Pear-Shaped will be the first of four mainstage productions from the program to be presented in 2023. 

The play will be the second production at the theatre produced in partnership with the multi-award-winning Rogue Projects. “It’s a thrill to be returning to St Kilda with one of our most ambitious and timely productions ever,” said producer Robbi James, “throughout covid we’ve seen an explosion in disordered eating, and some of our team have experienced it in their own lives, so we’re setting out to tell a somewhat ugly story in a theatrically beautiful way.”

A warped and wonderful play about a very un-wonderful (and frighteningly common) turn of events, Pear-Shaped opens for a strictly limited season on April 5th. 

“Who in the world am I? A small grown-up? A tall grown-down?
At least there isn’t room to grow up any more down here…”

Show Details: PEAR-SHAPED

Dates: 5-15 April 2023, 7:30pm, Tues-Sat

Cost: Adult $50/ Concession $42/ Preview $28 + Booking Fees

Duration: 75 minutes (no interval) 

Venue: Theatre Works 

Tickets theatreworks.org.au/2023/pear-shaped 

Pear-Shaped is supported by Creative Victoria, and was originally developed by Rogue Projects as part of the Rogues on The Rocks Summer Development Residencies. The development of this production was made possible by the generous support of Theatre Works. Theatre Works is supported by the City of Port Phillip, Creative Victoria, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. 

CREATIVE TEAM

Written by: Miranda Middleton and Ziggy Resnick

Director: Miranda Middleton

Producers: Robbi James, Erica Lovell, Talia Meyerowitz-Katz

Production Design: Grace Deacon

Lighting Designer: Aron Murray

Composer & Sound Designer: Oliver Beard

Dramaturg: Brittanie Shipway un

Performed by: Ziggy Resnick and Luisa Scrofani

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