A queer black comedy and drag extravaganza about power, privilege and high school debating, The Maybe Pile presents Trophy Boys by Emmanuelle Mattana at fortyfivedownstairs, as part of the 2023 Midsumma Festival this February.
It is the biggest night of Melbourne’s academic calendar, the Grand Finale of the Year 12 Inter-school Debating Tournament, and the all-boys team from the elite St Imperium college are ready to totally annihilate their sister school – until…
Written by Emmanuelle Mattana (ABC’s Mustangs FC) and directed by Marni Mount (VCA Masters of Directing), Trophy Boys was a finalist at the Queer Play Writing Awards, and enjoyed a sell out season at Melbourne / Naarm’s iconic La Mama Courthouse Theatre in December 2022.
This February, the boys return to fortyfivedownstairs as part of the 2023 Midsumma Festival.
Helmed by a diverse and vibrant team of young queer creatives, Trophy Boys uses drag, satire and camp to interrogate the well-documented toxic masculinity, misogyny and homophobia of our elite private boys schools, and their prevalence in the highest offices of power in the country.
They’re joined by a glorious cast including Gaby Seow (Young Rock, Celebration Nation, Aunty Donna’s Coffee Cafe), Leigh Lule (Turn up the Volume, CEEBS), and Fran Sweeney-Nash (Seventeen, Belvoir).
Director: Marni Mount | Featuring: Leigh Lule, Emmanuelle Mattana, Gaby Seow, Fran Sweeney-Nash | Stage Manager: Oliver Ross | Producer and Production Designer: Ben Andrews | Writer: Emmanuelle Mattana
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Season: 3 – 12 February 2023 (preview: 2 February)
Information and Bookings: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com
Image: Trophy Boys (supplied)