The premiere of Ash Flanders’ new cabaret work SS METAPHOR docks on the Malthouse Outdoor Stage

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The writer, performer and limbo champion Ash Flanders will premiere his new cabaret work SS Metaphor on December 5th, which was specially created for the Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

Directed by Sarah Giles, Ash will bring fellow cast members Zenya Carmellotti, Will Conyers and Natalie Gamsu to his level in a mix of maritime chaos aboard the luxury cruise ship SS Metaphor.

A glittering ode to freedom, adventure, and endless possibilities, this ship may get stuck at sea, but the top tier passengers will know nothing when it comes to problems at home or even below deck.

Ash Flanders:

Sarah Giles and I are delighted to take the audience on board our dream ship, the world’s first allegorical farce cabaret for disaster films, or Dismalfaret â„¢. ‘SS Metaphor is the all-singing, dance-free result of a restless imagination and the world’s longest lockdown, awkwardly sailing between The Poseidon Adventure and Snow Piercer, with a soundtrack that proves leaving your home can still be dangerous. If you think you’ve experienced disasters at the Malthouse, think again. ‘ His best advice: just slip into a caftan or linen pants, sip your Mai Tai, and kick your heels off while world-class cabaret duo Cruise Control cleanses your worries.

Ash Flanders is a multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and performer. His solo works include End Of, Playing to Win, Ash Flanders is Nothing, Special Victim, Meme Girls and Negative Energy Inc., all directed by longtime collaborator Stephen Nicolazzo. He and Declan Greene create theater under the name Sisters Grimm, with Ash also in Little Mercy (STC), The Sovereign Wife (MTC Neon), Calpurnia Descending (Malthouse Theater / STC), Lilith: The Jungle Girl (MTC) and an adaptation performance of Verdi’s La Traviata (Belvoir).

As an actor, he has appeared in the solo shows Buyer & Cellar (MTC), Blackie Blackie Brown (Malthouse / STC), Adena Jacobs’ Hedda (Belvoir), The Temple (Malthouse / Pan Pan Theater), The Golden Dragon (MTC) and Psycho Beach Party (theater of the little ones).

Sarah Giles is an award-winning opera and theater director whose credits include Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse Theater), The Truth, Straight White Men (Melbourne Theater Company), No Pay? No Way !, Accidental death of an anarchist, Perplex, Mrs. Warren’s profession, Marriage Blanc, Money Shots, Ruby Moon (Sydney Theater Company), The Popular Mechanicals (State Theater of South Australia), Lorelei (Victorian Opera / Opera Queensland), O Mensch , Pas à Pas and Into the Little Hill (Sydney Chamber Opera / Sydney Festival).

WRITER : Ash Flanders
DIRECTION & DRAMATURGY: Sarah Giles
DRAMATURG : Matthew Lutton
THROW: Zenya Carmellotti, Will Conyers, Ash Flanders, Natalie Gamsu
MUSIC DIRECTION: Will Conyers
SET & COSTUME DESIGN: Tyler Ray Hawkins
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION: Jew Perl
AUDIO DESIGN: Jed Palmer
BLITZ DESIGN: Katie Sfetkidis
STAGE MANAGER: Lyndie Li Wan Po


Season details

Venue: external malting stage
Date: Dec 5-19, 2021

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