Part gig, part radio-play and part stab in the dark, Up Late with Belvoir and Moonshine & Tits Productions presents, in a subversive and joyful response to the madness that was 2020, 44 Sex Acts in One Week, this December.
Bringing together two of Australia’s most loved comediennes, Green Room Award-winner Rebecca Massey (ABC’s Utopia) and Sydney Theatre Award-winner Sheridan Harbridge (Griffin Theatre Company’s Prima Facie), the comedic duo star alongside a cast of some of the country’s finest theatre talent including Keith Robinson (Belvoir’s Twelfth Night), Priscilla Doueihy (IFC Films’ Babyteeth) and Michael Whalley (Belvoir’s Hir).
Clickbait blogger Celina Valderrama has just been given the assignment from hell: do and review, by Friday, every item in a new book, The 44 Sex Acts That Will Change Your Life. With no other partner available, Celina is forced to turn to her nemesis, the holier than thou eco-activist and office mail boy, Alab Delusa.
As the unwilling couple embark on a race against time through the world of kink, will the friction between them unleash the wild we’re all trying to keep at bay? Can sex make the world a better place?
Written by award-winning playwright David Finnigan (Kill Climate Deniers), 44 Sex Acts in One Week was nominated for the Patrick White Award, the Verity Bargate Award and the Griffin Playwriting Award, is an apocalyptic rom-com created in extraordinary times.
“This year we started our company Moonshine & Tits as a fleetfooted response to the hairy situation artists and companies found themselves in,” said Director and performer Sheridan Harbridge. “We wanted to get more actors on stage with less financial risk for theatre companies. Less financial risk for theatres, means more jobs for actors, more theatre for audiences.”
Producer and performer Rebecca Massey added: “Our solution was to bring back the radio play in 44 Sex Acts in One Week. This means, in this case, no set, minimal rehearsal, mikes, scripts, music and a foley table of fruit. As with all of David Finnigan’s work, under the laughs are darker provocations about the mess we have found ourselves in. 44 Sex Acts is an uncannily prescient comedy for a world on the brink.”
Director: Sheridan Harbridge Featuring: Priscilla Doueihy, Sheridan Harbridge, Rebecca Massey, Keith Robinson, Michael Whalley Composer / Music Director: Steve Toulmin Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest Associate Director: Kip Chapman Stage Manager: Bronte Shuftan Producer: Rebecca Massey
44 Sex Acts in One Week
Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
Season continues to 20 December 2020
Information and Bookings: www.belvoir.com.au
Image: Rebecca Massey and Sheridan Harbridge (supplied)