J.A.T.O.
by Vedrana Klepica

Premiere Presentation
MKA Season One, MKA Prahran
JUL12-JUL30 2011

There’s time before the concert begins, fix your hair, fix your make up, wish for a glass of alcohol, wine would be best, white would be best, to contrast with your best slutty black dress, because if you do something well in life, it’s colours and combing them, and if there’s somethign you don’t do well, that’s everything else. That’s everything else.

A band of terrorists/freedom fighters have disguised themselves.

They’ve got: One drum. One piano. One Violin. Two Trumpets. One French horn. One trombone. One cornet. Two samplers. And a shotgun type Marocchi model 03.

They left the saxophone in Budapest but they’re about to go on so I suggest you give them your complete and undivided attention. They really go off.

Semi-automatic streams of consciousness.
Razor-wire sharp dialogue.

You sons of bitches! You fucking shits! They would’ve said that. That’s what they probably would’ve said.But they didn’t. The massacre didn’t really happen. But, somehow, we all hoped something would happen. Anything.

It happens in J.A.T.O.

Since 2001 Vedrana Klepica has organised and produced the Festival of Alternative and Independent Expression (Kutina) and as of 2007 she has worked as a journalistfor the Croation theatre website Teatat.hr. Speaking about her short film ‘the Coma’ Klepica sayd, “the only things that can ever really change us are disasters.” She once did a site specific work in a cemetery.

The script has had the once over from Green Room and multiple RE Ross Trust winner Declan Greene(Moth/Black Joy) and the helm, break out VCA-trained director Tanya Dickson.

PLAYWRIGHT VEDRANA KLEPICA
DIRECTOR TANYA DICKSON
DRAMATURGE DECLAN GREENESTAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGNER DAVID SAMUEL
FEATURING STEFAN BRAMBLE / JANINE WATSON / CATE WOLSWINKEL / RORY KELLY / TRISTAN WATSON / TOM DENT
COSTUME DESIGNER CHLOE GREAVES SOUND DESIGNER RUSSELL GOLDSMITH
LIGHTING DESIGNERMEGAN FITZGERALD
PHOTOGRAPHER SARAH WALKER
FEATURED IN PREVIEW TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN + STEFAN BRAMBLE
PRODUCER KITTY VAN CUYLENBERG

Running time 80 minutes, no interval

You fucking shits

4 STARS “Taught, tight, terrorist theatrics.”
THE AGE ELLY VARRENTI
“Thrilling in the best tradition of European political theatre.”
TIMEOUT MAGAZINE ANDREW FUHRMANN

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