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.
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
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.
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