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Thrills! Chills! Mystery!

Melbourne-based independent theatre company Baggage Productions’ latest show Thrills! Chills! Mystery! is a double-bill of one-act plays written by local playwrights Cerise de Gelder and Hayley Lawson-Smith.

The two plays are different in style but both take a sharp-eyed look at the dark, stubborn self-interest under the surface of polite society. De Gelder’s Our Haunting Ghosts is a delicious black comedy of neighbourly jealousy, death and duplicity; while Lawson-Smith’s Absorption is an astutely observed social commentary on competitive parenting set within a horror/thriller framework.

“It’s Housewives of Brighton meets Blair Witch,” jokes producer Bridgette Burton.

Baggage, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has a long history of producing original scripts and nurturing female writing talent.

“When we started out, the vast majority of scripts being produced – on the main stages as well as
independent theatre – were written by men and directed by men. We were struggling actors who decided to take some control of our destiny by creating our own work. Over the years, that focus shifted from ourselves to wanting to encourage and support other women artists - especially writers - to put their work out there,” said Burton.

“Hayley and Cerise are masters of character and dialogue,” said Burton. “Their scripts are always so witty and shrewdly observed. We’re really proud to be presenting these two new plays – we think it’s some of their best work.”

Our Haunting Ghosts and Absorption are playing as the double-bill Thrills! Chills! Mystery! at The MC
Showroom, Prahran, from 17-27 July 2019.


Event details

Venue: The MC Showroom: Level 1, 48 Clifton St, Prahran
Bookings: http://www.themcshowroom.com/event/thrills-chills-mystery/

Performances nightly @ 7.30pm from Wed-Sat 17-20 July, Tue-Sat 23-27 July; matinee @ 3pm Sunday 21 July 2019.