This Is Living

Malthouse-Theatre-This-is-Living-photo-by-Kristian-GehradteThis July, Malthouse Theatre presents Ash Flanders’ new work, This Is Living, a semi-autobiographical play that turns The Malthouse into a Hepburn Springs getaway.

Check your emotional baggage at the door because this self-described gang of queers, singles, and divorcees is going on holiday. Hugh has organised a fabulous weekend away for his partner and their best girlfriends in Hepburn’s finest to escape a year from hell.

But even deli meats, medicinal hydroponics and soaking in spring water can’t fix everything. Try as you might to float on the surface, life has a funny way of bubbling up – and over.

Writer Ash Flanders is notorious for crafting caustic comedy that makes audiences laugh ‘til they hurt, only this time he’s gone somewhere completely unexpected – the real world. This semi-autobiographical play is the saltiest, sweetest, and most honest look at love, friendship and chosen family.

Because when shit hits the fan it’s your chosen family who’ll clean you up – once they’ve stopped laughing. So pack an overnighter and enjoy the only safe seat on a getaway you won’t want to get away from.

This Is Living is directed by Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Matthew Lutton, and features Marcus McKenzie, Wil King (In Our Blood), Belinda McClory (Because The Night), Maria Theodorakis (Because The Night), and Michelle Perera.

Director: Matthew Lutton | Featuring: Wil King, Belinda McClory, Marcus McKenzie, Michelle Perera, Maria Theodorakis | Set & Costume Designer: Matilda Woodroofe | Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson | Composer & Sound Designer: Joe Paradise Lui | Associate Sound System Designer: Gideon Cozens | Stage Manager: Cecily Rabey | Assistant Stage Manager: Georgia Sealey | Besen Placement (Directing): Kitan Petkovski | Writer: Ash Flanders

This Is Living
Merlyn Theatre – The Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank (Melbourne)
Season: 12 – 30 July 2023 (previews: 7 – 11 July)
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Image: This Is Living – photo by Kristian Gehradte